Receive news via email
The new Map the Meal Gap numbers were recently released and the battle to end hunger has not been won yet.
The national food insecurity rate is currently 13.4 percent or one in eight people. Although, food insecurity rates have declined, the rates are still at higher levels than before the recession.
In our region 14.4 percent of the population is food insecure – that’s one in seven individuals who are at risk of going hungry.
The “food budget shortfall” also is rising. This is the additional dollars food-insecure people report needing to meet their food needs. Last year the average cost of a meal in our region was $2.83. Today, it’s $2.89. This amounts to a weekly food budget shortfall of $17.10 per person. Imagine what a family of four would need to make up this shortfall. They would need more than $68 extra a week to put nutritious meals on their table. This may not seem like a lot of money, but for many it’s the difference of paying a mortgage or rent, paying for utilities or medicine – or buying food. Food is often the last item in a family’s budget.
Despite news reports that the economy is improving and more people are being employed, there is still hunger. That is why Harvesters encourages its supporters to give voice and become a hunger advocate, give food and help provide nutritious meals, and give time to help sort, pack and distribute food.
All form fields are required