Hunger and Food Stamps
SPIN's Report on Hunger & the Safety Net is now available. See below for the full report.
San Diego County is ranked as the worst urban area in its use of food stamps to address hunger. Only 4 in 10 San Diegans poor enough to qualify for food stamps are getting them. Almost one million people--most of them children--go to bed hungry at night in San Diego.
SPIN, in partnership with the Caring Council, launched a campaign to address this major problem. From 2008 to 2010 SPIN parents executed a Participatory Action Research project to:
The research and resulting report was published in 2010, and SPIN parents presented the findings to the public in over 100 community presentations. The Caring Council built a network of community supporters who urged each Board of Supervisor to enact the recommendations that arise from the research and policy analysis.
After these meetings Supervisors Cox and Roberts agreed to form an independent work group chaired by the Social Services Advisory Board and including SPIN, the Caring Council, and other groups to put forth recommendations on improving access to food stamps. Late 2010 the SSAB issued 69 recommendations aimed to address systemic problems in the administration of critical food assistance. These recommendations were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors and are in the process of implementation.
- Develop a set of recommendations for changes in how the food stamp program is implemented in San Diego County based on the findings of the research project, and
- Develop a fuller and more detailed picture of hunger in the county--a picture that would show the level of food insecurity people are feeling, how they are coping with it, and limited access to healthy foods throughout the month.
We need you to help us in this campaign! Please call Don Davis at (619) 971-9080 or Bill Oswald at (858) 382-5870.
Report on Hunger & the Safety Net in San Diego County, released January 2010:
Stop the Home Invasions of Low-Income Families!
Very low-income parents in San Diego are being forced to "choose" between feeding their families and giving up their constitutional right to privacy in their homes. San Diego County is the only county in our nation that requires all applicants of cash aid to have their homes searched by District Attorney investigators before they can receive aid for their families. No warrants are required for these unannounced and humiliating searches.
Let Colbert tell you more. Then, join SPIN in our campaign to eliminate this program, called "Project 100%." Join SPIN in our efforts to prevent these searches from spreading to other counties [read more].