— Latinos experienced the highest rate of food insecurity (40%), followed by African Americans (39%), Asians (28%), and Non-Hispanic Whites (21%); — 34% of all households in L.A. County, across all income groups, experienced food insecurity at some point between April and December; — Between 14.7% and 26.7% of L.A. County households were likely to be eligible for CalFresh but were not enrolled in the program as of July.
The reports also notes that, while food insecurity — defined as having limited or uncertain access to enough affordable and nutritious food to live an active, healthy life — was trending downward prior to 2020, “deep racial and economic disparities in access to and affordability of healthy food persisted.” “The loss of jobs and associated income contributed to increased levels of food insecurity and deepened existing racial and economic inequities caused by a reduced access to healthy food,” the report says.
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Among the data highlighted in the report for 2020: The county was hit particularly hard economically during the pandemic, with the unemployment rate increasing to 19.4% in June 2020, compared to 14.9% in the state and 11.1% nationally.
— Households with children had higher levels of food insecurity (28.1%) than households without children (26.1%). — Among those living in food insecure households, 67.3% were Latino, 13.9% were white, 11.9% were African American and 6.2% were Asian. — Among households in L.A. County with incomes less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (that is, incomes less than $73,000 a year for a family of four), 26.8%, or 516,000 households, experienced food insecurity.
Meanwhile, data from 2018 showed: — People who experienced food insecurity were almost twice as likely to have been infected with COVID-19 (11.6%) as those who were food secure (6.4%).
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