2014 Map the Meal Gap Study

It's a silent crisis that continues to hit our area, hunger.

New numbers are released from Feeding America about local food insecurity rates 

The amount of hungry people is high in several local counties.
The High Plains Food Bank says the number of hungry people they serve in 29 counties is not getting any lower.

According to that data, a large bulk of those people are children.

Lets start by defining food insecurity.

The USDA defines it as people not having enough food on a regular basis to maintain a healthy life.

In the 29 counties the High Plains Food Bank covers, 15.8% of people are food insecure.

That includes more than 32,000 children.

Data shows more than 22,000 are food insecure in Potter County.

More than 9,400 of those are children.

More than 1 in 4 children in our area are at risk of food insecurity.

The High Plains Food Bank tells us that's much more children than last year.

Zack Wilson says, "the county that has the most individuals as far as total number of individuals compared to any other county is potter county.  It's a very eye opening study to really kind of puts some numbers kind of on what we already see on a daily basis.  "

Wilson says Hall County continues to be the most food insecure in our area.

He tells us they have a mobile pantry in that county that reaches hundreds of families a month.

Wilson says Map the Meal Gap gives them the chance to see hunger data broken down at a county level.

He says it helps them to address the problem and continue to help change those numbers.

The High Plains Food Bank distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually.

Other local key findings:
  • Hall County continues to be the highest in food insecurity with 20.1% for the general population and 32.9% childhood food insecurity rate.
  • Potter County has the most food insecure populous with 22,670 individuals, of which 9,450 are children.
  • Over 1 in 4 children are at risk of food insecurity in our area at 25.3% which is a little higher than last year.
“Hunger is a pervasive and solvable problem plaguing every corner of America today,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “By continuing to provide extensive and revealing data like the 2014

Map the Meal Gap study, we will be able to tackle these issues head-on and be armed with the information needed to work towards making sure everyone has enough to eat.”

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