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Levels of food insecurity across metro Atlanta and Georgia remain high, according to a new report from national food bank network Feeding America.
The report, from Feeding America’s recent Map the Meal Gap project, shows that nearly 20 percent of Georgians face food insecurity, which means they may not always know where they will get their next meal. The data collected for the report spotlights food insecurity rates at the national, state and county level.
In Georgia, more than 1.8 million people are struggling to put food on their tables despite slow growth in the economy and job market, the report showed. That’s, in part, because many of those who have gone back to work are underemployed and still find it hard to make ends meet. In the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s 29-county service area, 902,710 individuals, and 350,460 children, are food insecure, according to the report.
The Map the Meal Gap project was started in early 2011, with the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Nielsen, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level. In August 2011, with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, child food insecurity data was added to the report.
One of the most impactful things about this data is that you can examine it at the county level. Whether you’re from Fulton, Cobb, Haralson, Coweta, Bartow or any other Georgia county, there are neighbors in your area who are affected by hunger.
We encourage everyone to use Feeding America’s interactive map to see what food insecurity looks like in your own community. Want to help? There are many ways to get involved with hunger relief efforts at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.