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2380 Bisso Lane, Ste. B

Concord, CA 94520-4829

Main Office: 925-608-6670
Fax: 925-608-6697
Master Gardeners: 925-608-6683
4-H Program: 925-608-6690
Email: cecontracosta@ucdavis.edu


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  • UCCE helps low-income Californians increase food security

    From 2007 to 2009, during the nation’s economic downturn, food insecurity in California’s low-income adult population increased from 35 percent to 40 percent. These adults were not able to procure sufficient food to maintain a healthy diet for themselves and other household members. Food insecurity effects academic achievement, increases the risk of obesity and chronic disease and impairs mental health. A 2012 UCLA Health Policy Brief reported that 38 million low-income adults in California were food insecure and that rates were highest in low-income Spanish-speaking households and those with children. Although participation in federal food assistance programs has increased since 2007, many recipients experience food resource management challenges, lacking skills to maximize their food dollars to buy, prepare and store healthy foods. Providing low-income families with food education along with resource management skills can help improve the overall health and food security of the household.


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