According to Feeding America’s annual report, Map the Meal Gap 2017, Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties have a 16.8% food insecurity rate compared to the national average of 12.7%.
A household is food insecure if there is not access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Each year, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) measures the extent and severity of food insecurity in households through a nationally representative survey. These statistics are released in a report called Household Food Security in the United States and are based on a measure of food security derived from responses to questions about conditions and behaviors known to characterize households having difficulty meeting basic food needs. Results from this survey were released today by Feeding America through Map the Meal Gap 2017, reporting for 2015.
Key local findings:
- 1 in 6 people in the Miami Valley don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
- 1 in 5 children are food insecure locally.
In The Foodbank, Inc.’s service area of Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties, 123,910 people report food insecurity, 16.8% of the population. Of this number, 36,650 are children under the age of 18; a rate of 22.3%. The rate of food insecurity in the Miami Valley has decreased by only .4% since 2014; less than half a percent.
“Hunger affects the lives of so many people in the Miami Valley and Map the Meal Gap sheds light on just how many are struggling,” said Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “The Foodbank is continually working to make sure everyone who needs help has access to food.”
Nationally, rates of food insecurity were higher for Households with children headed by a single woman (30.3%) or a single man (22.4%), Households headed by Black, non-Hispanics (21.5%) and Hispanics (19.1%), and Low-income households with incomes below 185% of the poverty threshold (32.8%).
The Map the Meal Gap 2017 interactive map allows policymakers, state agencies, corporate partners and individual advocates to develop integrated strategies to fight hunger on a community level.
A summary of the findings, an interactive map of the United States, and the full report are available at www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.