USDA Hunger-Free Communities Planning and Assessment Grantee
San Luis Obispo County is a rural county located on California’s Central Coast, with a population of approximately 265,000 residents. The county spans over 3,000 square miles and includes more than 20 towns and unincorporated communities with populations ranging from 18 to 45,000. The economy is driven by tourism and agriculture, sectors which rely on low-wage workers. Preliminary data suggests a significant project need. The overall objective of the hunger assessment research is to identify the extent and causes of hunger in San Luis Obispo County, including assessing household food security, determining accessibility of food resources, identifying low availability and high cost food areas, assessing community food production resources, and identifying other barriers to food security.