Even though it’s often hidden, we know that hunger is everywhere, in every single community. Each year, Feeding America uncovers what food insecurity looks like at the county and congressional district level in its Map the Meal Gap study, which is based on the most up-to-date public data available. Food insecurity — meaning a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life — is deeply affecting families in every corner of the country.
Map the Meal Gap 2017, released on May 4, 2017, uncovered grim news: Millions of Americans facing hunger are finding it increasingly difficult to afford enough food and groceries to feed themselves and their families. Even though the economy has been improving, food insecurity and poverty remain higher than before the Great Recession began. And while food insecurity rates have declined, the millions of people still facing hunger could be falling further behind.
This research uncovered just what the need looks like across the country, and why we need to continue to fight. Here’s a snapshot of those findings:
Even though we’ve made progress in the fight against hunger, there is still much more work to do. Understanding the need is the first step — discover what hunger looks like in your community.
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