Perhaps you’ve seen billboards or seen recent news coverage about a growing hunger problem in America due to the current state of the economy. Feeding America, which bills itself as the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, puts the problem in perspective with their interactive map showing the level of food insecurity in each county in the United States. The Map the Meal Gap shows the lack of access at times to enough food for all family members.
Feeding America used a variety of data, including income data, unemployment rates and food costs in different areas. The map estimates both the overall food insecurity rate and the rate of food insecurity among children. The data is a good indicator, but the only available metrics are from 2009, which means that the real picture is likely worse than it appears here.