Map the Meal Gap

Feeding America released Map the Meal Gap 2015, a detailed analysis of food insecurity and the only study available that provides county–level estimates of food insecurity. The study, developed for Feeding America by lead researcher Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois’s Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, shows that food insecurity continues to remain high in Illinois. According to the newly released data, 13.6 percent of Illinoisans (1,755,180 people) are food insecure, of which 643,040 are children (20.8 percent) under 18 years of age. At this rate, the annual meal gap in Illinois is 310,664,800 meals.

Feeding America first published the Map the Meal Gap project in early 2011, with the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and The Nielsen Company, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level. In August 2011, with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, child food insecurity data was added to the project. The maps below reflect 2009-2012 data, and will be updated every year with new data.

Select a year and your state in our interactive map below and start learning more about the residents struggling with hunger in your community and the food banks that serve them.