Map the Meal Gap 2020 is a detailed analysis of food insecurity in every county and congressional district in the United States, and the only study that provides local-level estimates of food insecurity across the country.
Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
Recent projections, based on COVID-19 impact, estimate that one in six people in Central Florida struggle with hunger. More than 600,000 people in Central Florida don’t know when or where their next meal will come.
Feeding America’s new study shows a likely increase of 49% in the number of people who are hungry in Central Florida . That’s an additional 214,110 people in the six-county area of Central Florida. Even more shocking and disturbing, 214,690 children are going hungry. If you lined up those kids shoulder to shoulder along the side of I-4, that line would stretch from Orlando to Daytona Beach…and back again.
Click here to view the study and county breakdowns.
Hunger Gap in Central Florida: 110 million more meals a year are needed to fill the hunger gap.
The report shows that 214,690 children in Central Florida are food insecure. One in three kids in our community is food insecure. This is enough children to fill every seat in more than seven Amway Centers.
Being food insecure at any age can be harmful, but it can be devastating for children. It can stunt their growth, affect their ability to learn and forces them to withdraw from social interaction.
Source: Map the Meal Gap 2020