According to the official poverty index, California’s poverty rate is 17%, only slightly higher than the national average of 15.9%. However, other methods for measuring poverty may provide a more accurate picture of California’s poverty. A recently released study found that 31% of California households struggle with meeting their basic needs. The report also discusses that poverty disproportionately affects communities based on ethnicity, geography, and class. As a food justice organization, CFJC understands that addressing poverty is critical. The people most impacted by poverty are also the same who suffer the most from hunger. Poverty is a root cause for social inequities and health disparities. If we truly tackle issues of poverty, we will be addressing much more than our economic problems.