Food insecurity rises
An estimated 16,000 adults in Madera County could not afford to put adequate food on the table during the recent recession in 2009, according to data released this week by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
That number doesn’t include children living in low-income households, or homeless residents.
Statewide, the number of adults who are “food insecure” — meaning they had to choose between paying for food and other necessities such as rent or prescription medicine — in 2009 reached four million.
In 2001, 1 in 12 low-income Californians had “very low food security,” meaning they had to skip meals and go hungry. In 2009, that figure doubled to 1 in 6 as California’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 11 percent...