Collaboration brings Calif. hunger into focus

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Food insecurity is on the rise throughout the country, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimating that one of every seven American households struggled to put food on the table last year.

A 20-part, multimedia series from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in collaboration with California Watch, looks at the problem in that state, finding that the numbers of Californians who are struggling to have enough food is rising at an unprecedented rate.

The stories look at food deserts, how a lack of food affects children’s learning ability, struggling food banks, what it takes to eat on a “food stamp budget,” how food is wasted in restaurants, the difficulties of distributing food to those who need it and much more.

The project was produced over several months by 13 graduate students with contributions from members of the California Watch staff, Annenberg professors and staff, and staff from the Los Angeles Times and KQED’s The California Report.

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