Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Fermanian Business Center

Feed the Hungry: San Diego’s Food Bank Population – Profile, Analysis, and Solutions
7 p.m. (6:30 coffee)
Dr. Patricia Leslie, Cathy Gallagher and Dr. Lynn Reaser

Come learn of research that represents the first comprehensive county-wide survey and analysis of San Diegans who depend on the region’s Food Bank. It draws a portrait of the people needing food assistance and seeks to understand the demographic, economic, and social factors driving that need.  The FBEI Research team was led by Reaser and Economic Research Associate Dieter Mauerman, and coordinated by FBEI Manager Emily Gallentine who worked carefully with teams of PLNU students to interview 570 households at 13 distribution sites throughout San Diego County. These were a geographically representative sampling of all the communities the Food Bank serves, from coastal cities to as far north as Borrego Springs, and to the Backcountry, San Ysidro, and central San Diego. Reaser commented, “The study results will certainly dispel preconceived notions of who it is the Food Bank is helping because what we have discovered is the face of hunger looks very much like you and me.”