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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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  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...
Des Moines, Iowa (October 5, 2015) – Many Iowans don’t get enough to eat and struggle to put enough food on the table. These Iowans include children, working adults, and older or persons with disabilities who may be eligible for Iowa Food Assistance Program benefits but haven’t yet applied for the program. Beginning today, Iowans can call the new...

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