Glossary

Food Insecurity – the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the USDA, serving more than 46 million low-income Americans per year, at a cost of more than $75 billion. The goals of SNAP are to improve participants’ food security and their access to a healthy diet.

CalFresh – California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and formerly known as Food Stamps, assists low-income individuals and households to purchase nutritional food. You do not have to be on welfare to get CalFresh benefits. Eligibility for CalFresh assistance, as well as the benefit amount, is based on your household’s size and income level.

Non-Perishable – not subject to rapid deterioration or decay.

College and University Food Bank Alliance – A professional organization consisting of campus-based program focused on alleviating food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among college and university students in the United States.

Students Against Hunger – A professional organization that is committed to ending hunger and homelessness by educating, engaging, and training students to directly meet individuals’ immediate needs while advocating for long-term systemic solutions.

Food Pantry – A food bank or foodbank is a non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger.

Second Harvest Food Bank – Based in Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation.

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