In the Inland Empire, roughly 400,000 people don’t have access to enough healthy food on a daily basis, according to Feeding America.
Many are considered food insecure, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the lack of access to enough healthy food for all members of a household.
Some live in parts of the region known as food deserts, communities where people live more than 1 mile from a supermarket in urban areas, or more than 10 miles in rural areas.
Made up of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Inland Empire is one of the nation’s fastest growing regions with a population of more than 4.6 million people. The latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows the Inland Empire added 47,601 people in the year that ended July 2021, the fifth-largest gain among the country’s 50 largest metro areas.
Still, food insecurity is prevalent, and access to healthier eating options is limited and becoming more expensive.
Many can’t keep up with the rising costs of food and are feeling the pinch of inflation. The price of food has spiked 10% higher compared to last year, according to the Consumer Price Index, forcing some households to make tough decisions when it comes to food.
How has your family been affected by this? Is getting enough food a problem you’re facing? Is it more difficult to feed your family three healthy meals a day? How are you making it work? What resources would help?
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