On May 28, The San Diego Food Bank and PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute held a joint press conference to launch a groundbreaking, 30-page report with data and analysis from the first-ever, locally-conducted survey of the Food Bank’s client population which accounts for approximately 350,000 people living in communities throughout San Diego County that rely on the Food Bank for food assistance every month.
This groundbreaking countywide survey, conducted by the FBEI, provides vital demographic data that “puts a face” on the population that the Food Bank serves. The report provides information on average household income, household employment data, average household size, percentage of households with children, percentage of seniors seeking food assistance, a breakdown of the Food Bank’s client population by ethnicity, and answers the question why so many San Diegans rely on the Food Bank’s services.
The survey was carried out in communities throughout San Diego County with 570 households being interviewed. It provides a geographically representative sampling of the entire county since the Food Bank serves virtually every community in San Diego County. In October 2012, teams of staff and students from Point Loma Nazarene University visited each location in San Diego County and surveyed Food Bank clients while they waited in line for food assistance. The communities included: Central San Diego, San Ysidro, Borrego Springs, Warner Springs, Encinitas, Escondido, Ramona, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Lemon Grove, Ocean Beach, Poway, Campo, Descanso and Pine Valley.
Speakers at the press conference included: PLNU’s Chief Economist Dr. Lynn Reaser; Malin Burnham, philanthropist, and joint-funder of the survey; U.S. Congressman Scott Peters; County Supervisor Dave Roberts; and James A. Floros, president & CEO of the San Diego Food Bank.