Food Security in Napa County

FOOD INSECURITY refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. ​

The Emergency Food System Study provided data on food insecurity among people who responded to the study survey. The data on this page provides representative estimates of food insecurity for the entire population of Napa County and can be used to track progress in addressing food insecurity in Napa County over time.

Food Security Status Among Low-Income Individuals* 

Technical Notes

*CHIS Food Security status was estimated among respondents with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. 

External Factors Related to Food Insecurity

Napa County Food Program Survey respondents indicated that having access to additional money and/or employment opportunities would help them be able to eat what they want. Income is an important factor related to food insecurity in Napa County. 



What would help you or your household be able to eat what you want?

“A higher income. I have an income of $930/month - way below the poverty level (for California) and as of May 1, 2018 my rent will increase by $100! So I'm worried.”

 “Tener mas dinero para comprar mejor comida o fruta y berduras.”

Have more money to buy better food or fruit and vegetables.

“Fortunately, I work and my husband too. So I feel I am able to eat what I want.”