In a report published by El Mexicano on April 17, 2011, Tijuana Share Food Bank director David Espinosa Hernández Banati, said Baja California is well below the national Mexican population poverty average of 20 percent; still though, some 40,000 baja californianos (outside of Tijuana) lack resources to eat three times a day. According to information from the Secretariat of Social Development (Sedesol), only 3.7 per cent of B.C.’s population live below national poverty standards, making it the lowest in the country. However, in Tijuana alone, another 50,000 people seek help each week to meet their dietary needs, said Banati. He also said that in recent weeks support for the Food Bank has decreased because of frost in Sonora and Sinaloa. Questioned about a possible underestimation by authorities on the number of those unable to obtain adequate food in Baja California, Espinosa Hernandez said that he believed that was true because of when estimates were made.


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