“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles.

  • New Census Data: Bay Area Grappling with Poverty, Housing Costs, MERCURYNEWS.COM
  • “…for many residents in the heart of Silicon Valley, the good times didn’t exactly roll. The poverty rate in Santa Clara County jumped from 8.6 percent to 9.9 percent, while the median gross rent went up 20 percent.

  • California’s Economy is Booming, So Why is it No. 1 in Poverty?, LATIMES.COM
  • “…many experts say the official poverty rate fails to account for variations in public benefits and costs of living. A separate federal benchmark, known as the Supplemental Poverty Measure, shows a much higher poverty rate for California: 23.4%, the highest in the nation, according to the most recent data. The rate reflects California’s high — and growing — housing costs.”

  • What Happens When a Family Runs Out of Food Stamps?, WASHINGTONPOST.COM
  • “Toward the end of every month, hospitals in California see a curious uptick in admissions for hypoglycemia, the kind of low blood sugar that can affect diabetics. The pattern, detected in a recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is almost entirely driven by low-income patients.”

  • Are Food Deserts to Blame for America’s Poor Eating Habits?, THEATLANTIC.COM
  • “When it comes to nutrition access, the focus should be on poverty, not grocery-store location.” What do you think?

  • Food Insecurity on Campus: Is Your Ivy Leaguer Starving?, FORBES.COM
  • “…the University of California found that 25% of its 150,000 students across nine campuses have skipped meals for financial reasons.”

  • Will Your Doctor One Day Prescribe Food as Medicine?, WW2.KQED.ORG
  • Charities See Increased Demand for Assistance: Cost of Living Hikes Drives Local Need Higher Than Years Past, SMDAILYJOURNAL.COM
  • “Demand for meals from the food bank which serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties has increased by 6 percent from this time last year… ‘We are really concerned about the good news about the economy because the community won’t realize there are more people struggling to feed their families than there were a year ago.'”

  • Big Think: Making Food Waste a Social Taboo, WW2.KQED.ORG
  • “And then, there’s the fact that somebody else needs that food… It’s really a moral tragedy that we’re all okay with this.”

  • No Signs of Improving Economy at Struggling Food Banks, WW2.KQED.ORG
  • “The truth is that with all the good news about the economy, the concern is that the community doesn’t realize that there are actually more people seeking help than what was true a year ago.” – Kathy Jackson, Second Harvest Food Bank CEO

    *** Did you miss our November Social Media Roundup? Click here to read it.