April 13, 2015

Every year, Feeding America releases its Map the Meal Gap study data estimating overall food insecurity and child food insecurity in every county and congressional district in the U.S. It shows that there is food insecurity in every county and that is typically worse for children then for the overall population.

USA TODAY took note and highlighted one of the facts that always shocks:

"Loudoun County in Virginia is made up of one of the wealthiest communities in the USA.

But it's also where Barbara Diaz, a nanny, struggles to feed her family of eight.

While the median income in the county stands at $122,000 a year, Diaz, 55, makes about $21,600 a year as a nanny. With her salary, she has to feed her family and pay rent, car insurance and utilities. Often, she doesn't have enough at the end of the month for food, so she turns regularly to her local food pantry for help.

Diaz and her family are among the 46 million Americans who have a meal gap, in which they can't afford to pay for three meals a day, according to a new report titled "Map the Meal Gap" by Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks nationwide. The food banks provide food to pantries."

Check out the map today at map.feedingamerica.org.

Tags: Hunger in Your Community , Virginia

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