According to updated Map the Meal Gap research released by Feeding America, in Mid-South Food Bank's 31-county service area, more than 404,000 people, or 20.2% of the population, is food insecure. This is a decrease from last year, when the figures were 423,000 and 20.6%, respectively. The rate of child food insecurity decreased slightly, from 24.1% to 22.3 %. However, more than 114,000 Mid-South children are food insecure.
The complete Map the Meal Gap report and interactive map can be found here on Feeding America's website.
Food insecurity is a term frequently used hunger studies. It is defined as "not always having access to enough food to meet basic needs."
For additional information on food insecurity and hunger in the United States, visit Feeding America/Hunger in America and the Food Research and Action Center.