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Map the Meal Gap

Each of the seven Feeding America food banks that serve the state provide food to thousands of hungry Iowans, but there is much left to understand about the numbers of  Iowans who continue to struggle against hunger but 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 sheds light on the scope of need among the food insecure and the critical need to address hunger as well as provide meaningful access to the federal and state programs 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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The Latest News

Some provisions included in the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill, passed out of committee yesterday, give rise to concern for those who face hunger daily in Iowa.  SNAP, known in Iowa as the Food Assistance Program, is a first line of defense in fighting hunger.  The Iowa Food Bank Association cannot support any legislation that would...
  October 16, 2017By Pat Curtis An organization that fights hunger across the state has a new leader. The Iowa Food Bank Association used today’s opening of World Food Prize events in Des Moines to introduce a new executive director. Regenea Hurte says she faces a significant challenge. “We have about 10 percent of the population of Iowa that is...

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