What is the goal?

To determine the causes of hunger and food insecurity in Sacramento County and develop an action plan to alleviate hunger.

Why is this important?

Nearly 220,000 food insecure residents live in Sacramento County. (Food insecurity is defined

as limited or uncertain ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe foods.) A survey of emergency food providers found that, on average, the number of clients being served at local food pantries increased by 20% between 2010 and 2011.

What is Valley Vision doing about it?

Valley Vision partnered with Community Link and Sacramento Hunger Coalition to uncover the causes of hunger in Sacramento County and develop an Action Plan. Valley Vision gathered systems-level data by conducting key informant interviews and focus groups of providers and administrators who work with food insecure populations. Our partners administered 508 surveys to individuals identified as food insecure. The results were compiled into a report which has been distributed throughout the county.


The Hunger Hits Home Project was conducted from 2011 to the release of the final report in 2012.


  • The report was presented to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, who have tasked the county Department of Human Assistance with increased outreach to residents eligible for CalFresh.
  • The School Breakfast Project was developed based on the Action Plan in the report listed below.
  • A network of emergency food providers meets regularly to create efficiency in the emergency food system in Sacramento County.



  • Community Link
  • Sacramento Hunger Coalition (a project of Sacramento Housing Alliance)
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