OAKLAND — A city study has concluded that 30% of Oakland residents suffer from the "chronic reality" of hunger and 20% have incomes "insufficient to maintain a minimum standard of living."
"Families run out of food stamps, the frail elderly cannot get to a store or meal site, or individuals simply do not have the money to buy groceries. For these Oakland residents, hunger is only one of the many consequences of poverty," said the report by the city's Community Development Department.
Half of those at risk of hunger are senior citizens and children. Many of the children live with single parents, Michael Bridges of the Community Development Department said Thursday.
"I knew we had a lot of needy people, but I was really aghast in terms of the numbers," Mayor Lionel Wilson said. A task force has been set up to look into the problem and to help "eliminate hunger in Oakland," he said.