This new study is important, Feeding America officials say, because it shows a significant number of children at risk of hunger in every county across the nation. The study is the latest data added to the Map the Meal Gap 2011 report released earlier this year. It provides information that has not been available previously, including child food insecurity rates for each county and congressional district.
Previously, food insecurity data for children was only available at the state level in the USDA’s annual report. The study further analyzes each county’s child food insecurity rate to determine their family’s income eligibility for federal nutrition assistance. This data has the potential to redefine the way service providers and policy makers address areas of need, officials said.
The study was supported by ConAgra Foods Foundation, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Nielsen.
From the August 30, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.