AMARILLO -- The High Plains Food Bank announced the 2014 Map the Meal Gap results.
The study shows that food insecurity continues to remain high in the 29 counties the food bank covers. According to the newly released data, 15.8 percent of people in the area are food insecure including 32,250 children.
Map the Meal Gap 2014 is a detailed analysis of food insecurity done by Feeding America and the only study available that provides county–level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a socioeconomic condition of limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
“Studies like Map the Meal Gap 2014 allow us to continue to evaluate and adjust to the need in our area,” said Zack Wilson, Executive Director of HPFB. “The research data includes weekly food-budget shortfalls, demographics and poverty levels which help us define the social issues plaguing our area and work together as a community to find a solution.”
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.”