SANTA CLARA (KCBS) — A just released Silicon Valley Hunger Index shows a huge increase in people in need of food in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

The problem according to the Hunger Index is that the high cost of living in the Bay Area is forcing more people to go hungry.

Drew Starbird is the Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, which authored the report.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“We’re seeing increasing numbers of households in the less than $10,000 per year category, more households in the less than $20,000 per year category,” he said. “Every one of those households has people who at risk of hunger.”

Cindy McCown, senior director of programs at the Second Harvest
Food Bank
said many who are eligible to get food stamps aren’t taking advantage of the program.

“If people don’t take advantage of those opportunities for those programs then they are unutilized resources,” she said.

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Comments (2)
  1. RentsRant says:

    The rents are way out of line and investment landlords have to get a grip that you can’t morally justify having people pay such high rents with so many people out of work.
    Be it businesses or renters– the big scam is the wealthy are racking the rents up which could be money spent locally spurring jobs! But no- people have choice -pay rents and go hungry! and the worst thing is that INVESTMENT Groups SPECULATORS and GREED are grabbing up properties!

  2. RentsRant says:

    Tax properties held by INVESTMENT GROUPS- They are holding the property and waiting for increased value while not doing a darn thing! This is the biggest scam going and why no one is looking at this beats me. This is a Feudal market– workers work their lives away in order to SERVICE rents for wealthy landlords that have scores of loopholes and then reap the speculative increases without any sweat equity way over their original investment sometimes 200-500% over what they originally invested! do understand that I am not talking about one or two home ownerships or people renting in-law units at affordable prices– I am talking about exploitation of people who need to rent–

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