This report from Feeding America, the nation’s largest nonprofit hunger relief organization, summarizes the latest data on overall and child-specific food insecurity in the United States at the state, county, and congressional district levels. As of 2016, 41 million people in the U.S. lived in food-insecure households and 13 million were children. The report is intended to influence government policy makers and is based on USDA Economic Research Service data. The full 2018 report and technical appendix is accompanied by report briefs (with references), which include an executive summary and standalone briefs on the topics of child food insecurity, food price variation, and health implications. Individual, downloadable state-wide profiles, an interactive online tool, “Map the Meal Gap,” which maps the locations where food insecurity exists in the U.S., and previous food insecurity reports dating back to 2011 are also available.
Map the Meal Gap 2018: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2016. Feeding America 2018. http://www.feedingamerica.org/research/map-the-meal-gap/overall-executive-summary.html.