"The nation that feeds the world has trouble feeding itself."

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April 14, 2015

With the release of the annual Feeding America Map the Meal Gap data about overall and child food-insecurity rates by county, we see another year where food-insecurity rates have not changed much - despite illusions of an improving economy. NBC News looked into the story:

National food insecurity rates went virtually unchanged from 2012 to 2013, the latest available figures from the USDA, at 15.9 percent and 15.8 percent respectively. The number, a measure of whether all household members have access to enough food for an active and healthy life, hasn't returned to its pre-Great Recession levels of 11 percent. That means over 49 million Americans still aren't getting enough food to eat.

"While we're starting to see some improvements in the economy, food insecurity stays at stubbornly high levels," said Elaine Waxman, head of research for Feeding America. [...]

The [Church Avenue] pantry does its best to feed the forgotten, said pantry coordinator Lucila Santana, and guide them towards nutritious choices. But they are at the mercy of others' generosity and the cupboards get lean over the winter. The district the pantry serves has a 22.3 percent food insecurity rate, according to the Map the Meal Gap 2015 report by food bank network Feeding America, released Tuesday, six-and-a-half points above the national average. That ranks it among the top 30 most food insecure districts in the country.

Visit the interactive map at map.feedingamerica.org.

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