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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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  Des Moines (September 24, 2014) - In August, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring Iowa’s support of Hunger Action Month this September. A nationwide effort founded by Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Hunger Action Month strives to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. In Iowa,...

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