50% of residentsin Monterey County are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

Insufficient access to healthy food contributes to increased risk of diet-sensitive chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure and creates barriers to those trying to effectively manage their conditions once diagnosed. Monterey County ranks highest among all 58 state counties in food insecurity and incidence of Type 2 diabetes. 34% of Monterey County residents are hungry and 50% are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

A recent UCSF Hunger Study revealed that hunger is costing the health of our community over $65 million dollars. 33% of hospitalizations in the county are related to complications from Type 2 diabetes; a number that rises to 47% in our poorest areas. 25% of pregnant women in the county are hungry.

This adversely impacts our economy, healthcare system, schools, neighborhoods, and participation in the civic and cultural life of the community.