Map the Meal Gap
Each of the eight Feeding America food banks that serve the state provide food to thousands of hungry Iowans, but we do not fully understand how many food insecure people, or individuals who struggle against hunger, remain unreached and in need.
The Map the Meal Gap study provides county level data regarding:
- The number of food insecure individuals in each county
- The number of food insecure individuals in income brackets based on eligibility for assistance programs
- The average cost of a meal in each county
- The amount of money food insecure individuals report they need per week in order to meet food needs
- The number of meals missed by food insecure individuals in each county, the “Meal Gap”
This data will help us understand the scope of need among the food insecure population and assess the federal and state programs that may be available to support their needs. Using the Current Population Survey data and a partnership with the Nielsen Company, Feeding America is “Mapping the Meal Gap.”
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