Plan for a Resilient Food System


COVID-19 Impacts in San Diego County

Did the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impact BIPOC and low-income San Diegans?

Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted BIPOC and low-income San Diegans, and food system workers. Seven of the top 10 neighborhoods for COVID-19 cases were majority Hispanic/Latinx, and all of these neighborhoods had lower median household incomes than the overall San Diego County median household income. Hispanic/Latinx San Diegans make up only 34% of the county’s population but 44% of COVID-19 deaths, and only 27% of Hispanic/Latinx San Diegans have been vaccinated. Food system workers accounted for the biggest portion of COVID-19 induced unemployment.

About the data

Source: County of San Diego, County of San Diego Coronavirus Disease Dashboards. California Employment Development Department, Unemployment Rate and Labor Force.

Last updated: 2021. 

Note: COVID-19 data as of May 31, 2021.


Food Insecure San Diegans

Is food insecurity in San Diego County increasing?

Yes, estimates from Hunger Free San Diego show a substantial jump in food insecurity for adults and children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the data

Source: Hunger Free San Diego

Last updated: 2020


Major Climate Risks in California

Are climate risks for San Diego County’s food system increasing?

Yes, there is sufficient evidence that California’s climate has changed significantly, will continue to do so, and has already impacted agricultural production. The greatest risk in San Diego County, as in much of the Western U.S., is very high water stress due to drought and water demand. The severity of wildfires and extended periods of drought have increased. Some regions of California have already surpassed warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, a critical threshold for avoiding the worst consequences of climate change.

About the data

Drought: U.S. Drought Monitor; Wildfires: CalFire; Temperature change and top climate risk: the Washington Post, https://github.com/washingtonpost/data-2C-beyond-the-limit-usa.

Last updated: 2021