Map the Meal Gap: County-Level Food Insecurity Data for Food Bank for the Heartland's Service Area
Approximately 211,590 people, or 11.9 percent of the population, in Food Bank for the Heartland’s 93-county service area in Nebraska and western Iowa are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal, according to new research released today by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. This figure includes 83,960 children under 18 who are food insecure.
The findings are from Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population and, separately, for children under the age of 18. The estimates are calculated at both the county and congressional-district level for the entire U.S. Food Bank for the Heartland is part of the Feeding America network.
This is the third year that Feeding America has conducted the “Map the Meal Gap” study. The findings of "Map the Meal Gap" are based on statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; food price data and analysis were provided by Nielsen, a global information and measurement company providing insights into what consumers watch and buy. The study was generously supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Nielsen and The ConAgra Foods Foundation.
The data for both the general population and children are below: