New Map the Meal Gap Numbers

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.

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Map the Meal Gap Numbers Released

Hunger is not just present in Georgia, it is now prevalent.  New county by county data released Monday by Feeding America reveals that almost 2 million Georgians are food insecure – meaning that at some point in the year they do not have access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy, productive lifestyle.  That’s 20% of our neighbors, coworkers, congregants, family and friends who regularly face the uncertainty of knowing where their next meal will come from.  

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Hunger Study Kicks Off

Last week marked the first in a series of visits to our partner agencies for Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 Study. ACFB staff visited four food pantries to survey clients.

The Hunger in America Study is the only comprehensive nationwide study that provides in depth information on the characteristics, circumstances, and coping strategies of those living with hunger.  The study is done once every four years, and publishes detailed reports for the nation and each state, including Georgia.

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Children still at risk of hunger in our communities.

Feeding America has released their new numbers for Child Food Insecurity rates across the nation. In Georgia, the rates increased from 27.9% to 28.3%. In the counties we serve, some of the numbers have gone down since the last data collection, but they still hover around 20% of children that are food insecure…or higherTo find your county, check out their map. (Be sure to select between overall and child food insecurity rates.) Where do you live?

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