The City of Chula Vista will have a forum with representatives in healthcare, education, social services, and the faith community to address hunger in Chula Vista.
In the South Bay, 36.5 percent of households or more than 145,000 residents have an income below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Food insecurity is among the most pressing issues related to health and wellness in our communities for people living in poverty. Food insecurity is defined is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The South Bay Hunger Relief Forum is being held during Hunger Awareness Month to bring together food insecurity and hunger experts to address this critical issue.
“It is important we bring together practitioners and organizations to identify how we can collaborate to address food insecurity, hunger and access to healthy food in Chula Vista and the South Bay,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas.
“A key focus of this forum is to identify how to get more healthy food distributed through the various community channels,” said Stan Miller, Senior Director, Community Health Improvement Partners. “Sharing a few great examples of programs connecting good nutrition and health with hunger relief work locally will provide opportunities to help achieve that.”
Attendees will learn about the impacts of nutrition on our community’s health in a panel discussion, and about local and state initiatives seeking to slow and stop food insecurity in our communities, through dialogue, outreach and collaboration. Panelists will discuss how we can use lessons learned and share best practices to reverse food insecurity in the South Bay