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The Map the Meal Gap 2018

The Map the Meal Gap 2018

The Map the Meal Gap 2018 study recently release by Feeding America provides insight and analysis of Americans who struggle with food insecurity in every county and congressional district in Central Florida and across the country.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida serves six counties, including Brevard, Lake, Orange Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. Data from Map the Meal Gap revealed:
  • 14.6% of the Central Florida population is food insecure, with 614,090 people who do not know where their next meal is coming from.
  • 21% of children in Central Florida live in food insecure households, leaving 184,470 children at risk of going to bed hungry tonight.
  • 74% of the food insecure population in Central Florida qualify based on income for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and other federal nutrition programs.
  • 26% DO NOT qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on emergency food assistance programs and need better wages and employment opportunities to help them meet their basic needs.
  • The average cost of a meal is $3.14 in Central Florida.
  • Nearly 105 million more meals a year are needed to fill the meal gap in Central Florida.
Thanks to your support, the number of food insecure individuals in Central Florida continues to slowly decline. Your support is creating hope and nourishing the lives of kids, families and seniors in our community.

A summary of the findings, including an interactive map, and the full report can be found at Join the conversation about Map the Meal Gap 2018 on Twitter using #MapTheMealGap .

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