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April 23, 2014

2014 Map the Meal Gap Study Uncovers State Food Insecurity Rates

BEREA — The Kentucky Association of Food Banks announced that the annual Map the Meal Gap results released Monday show that food insecurity continues to remain high in Kentucky. According to the newly released data, 17 percent of people in the commonwealth are food insecure, including 220,170 children.

    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.

    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.

    McCreary County’s food insecurity rate is 20.8 percent overall (3,780 people) and 29.5 for children (1,210).

    With the average cost of a meal estimated at $2.45, the data indicates that an additional $1.623 million was needed in 2012 to meet local food needs.

    Fulton County has the highest food insecurity rate in the state, at 23.2 percent. Oldham County has the lowest at 9.7 percent.

    The 5th Congressional District has the highest food insecurity rate of Kentucky’s congressional districts, at 19.2 percent.

    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.

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