Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America® on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level.
Map the Meal Gap 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in Second Harvest’s service area. It also shows that children are more likely to be food insecure, with the child food insecurity rate at 23.4% compared to 15.8% for the overall population in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Overall, food insecurity in the Mahoning Valley ranges from a low of 14% of the population in Columbiana County up to 16.4% in Mahoning County.
“Each week, the Food Bank through our network of 160 member agencies are filling more than 13,000 requests for food assistance in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank.
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is a member of Feeding America’s hunger-relief network comprised of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food assistance to more than 40 million people in the U.S. struggling with hunger.
Map the Meal Gap 2019 uses data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and food price data and analysis provided by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights. The study is supported by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Conagra Brands Foundation and Nielsen.
The Map the Meal Gap 2019 interactive map allows policymakers, state agencies, corporate partners, food banks and advocates to develop integrated strategies to fight hunger on a community level.
A summary of the findings, an interactive map of the United States, and the full report are available at map.feedingamerica.org.