Every county in America struggles with starving children and child hunger; nearly one in four children is food insecure.
MAP THE MEAL GAP 2013: Child Food Insecurity
In June, 2013, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Feeding America released a new study which revealed that children are struggling with hunger in every county and congressional district in America. The new study revealed that approximately 18% of children under the age of 18, more than 121,000 children, are struggling with hunger in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s 27-county service area. Throughout the commonwealth, more than 663,000 children are food insecure. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2013 Study is available below as a PDF file.
Download Map the Meal Gap.
Hunger in America 2010 Project
In 2009, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, in conjunction with Feeding America, also participated in a national project that focused on surveying those who are hungry in America. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 61,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. These results provide a snapshot about the people who struggle to find food in our local communities:
- 34% of those served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank are children under the age of 18.
- 8% of those served are under the age of 5.
- 63% of those served are under the federal poverty level.
- 44% of those served said they had to choose between buying food and paying for utilities or heat.
You can download the entire Hunger in America 2010 project report or receive a copy by calling Agency Relations at 717-564-1700.
Download Project Report