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2014 Map the Meal Gap Study Uncovers Most Recent Food Insecurity Rates for Northeast North Carolina
Nation-wide Research Reveals Poverty to be Most Impactful to Consistent Food Access
Elizabeth City, NC – April 21, 2014 – The Food Bank of the Albemarle announced that the annual Map the Meal Gap results released recently show that food insecurity continues to remain high in northeast North Carolina. According to the newly released data, 19.5% percent of people in the area are food insecure, that includes 17,550 children.
Overall, North Carolina's food insecurity rate is 18.6%, which is a significantly higher rate than the national rate of 15.9%.
Map the Meal Gap 2014 is a detailed analysis of food insecurity done by Feeding America and the only study available that provides county–level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a socioeconomic condition of limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
“Studies like Map the Meal Gap 2014 allow the Food Bank of the Albemarle to continue to evaluate and adjust to the need in our area,” said Liz Reasoner, Executive Director of the Food Bank of the Albemarle. “The research data includes weekly food-budget shortfalls, demographics and poverty levels which help us define the issues specific to our community and to find a solution.”
The information is provided in an interactive map that allows viewers to find out how widespread hunger is in their community. The map can be found at www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.
· 10,490 people in Pasquotank county alone, including 2,230 children, are food insecure.
· 30.3% of children in Tyrell County are food insecure.
· 24.1% of Bertie County deals with food insecurity.
Research for the study was generously supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, ConAgra Foods Foundation and Nielsen.
“Hunger is a pervasive and solvable problem plaguing every corner of America today,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “By continuing to provide extensive and revealing data like the 2014 Map the Meal Gap study, we will be able to tackle these issues head-on and be armed with the information needed to work towards making sure everyone has enough to eat.”
The Map the Meal Gap 2014 analysis was developed by Dr. Craig Gundersen for Feeding America. Food-insecurity rates are based on a state-level model that allows for the population in need of food at the county and congressional district level. Additionally, Feeding America worked in collaboration with Nielsen to arrive at estimates for food-cost variation by county. Results were reviewed by the Feeding America Technical Advisory Group in order to ensure accuracy and promote transparency.
A summary of the findings, an interactive map of the United States, and the full report are available at www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.
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Food Bank of the Albemarle
109 Tidewater Way
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The Food Bank of the Albemarle is a member of Feeding America.