There were a total of 351 surveys collected from users and non-users of the emergency food provision system in Napa County. Seventy percent were completed in English and 30% were completed in Spanish. The average age of respondents was 52 years old (Range: 18 – 97).
The majority of respondents self-identified as either Hispanic or Latino (44%) or White (40%).
To identify whether respondents were currently using the emergency food provision system, respondents were given a list of food assistance programs in Napa County and asked to indicate which of the programs they or anyone in their household currently participate in. The programs listed included programs that provide free food, meals, and cash aid for purchasing food. Of those surveyed, almost one quarter (21.1%) indicated that they or their household do not currently participate in the emergency food provision system and were identified as non-users. The majority of survey respondents (78.9%) were identified as users.
Priority populations for participating in the survey were identified by community members and stakeholders. These populations were prioritized as groups that are most at-risk for food insecurity. The priority populations included: older adults, families with youth, Hispanic/Latino individuals, individuals experiencing homelessness, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.
Most respondents (64%) reported that they were currently living in an apartment or house, and 9% were currently living in a trailer or mobile home. Other respondents indicated that they had less stable housing situations, including living at a shelter (11%), car or RV (3%), couch surfing (3%), campsite or tent (3%), or porch or garage (1%). These individuals were considered to be currently experiencing homelessness.
A total of 31 adults participated in the focus groups, with each focus group ranging from 9-12 participants. Almost one third of the participants were >65 years of age. More than half of the participants identified as White (51.6%) and over one third identified as Hispanic/Latino (38.7%). Most of the participants identified as female (73.3%).
The majority of participants indicated that they are currently living in an apartment or house (67.7%), while one third are currently living in unstable housing such as a shelter, campsite or tent, couch surfing, or car or RV.
About two thirds of participants indicated they are at-risk for food insecurity (61.3%); however, 16.1% marked that they didn’t know or refused.