Child Food Insecurity

The St. Louis Area Foodbank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, have released a new study which reveals that 172,660 children in the bi-state region are struggling with hunger.

The study, “Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011,” also reveals that there are children struggling with hunger in every county in America. Nationally, while one in six Americans of every age are food insecure, the rate for children is much higher: nearly one in four children are food insecure. As a state, Missouri is in the top 20 for child food insecurity, with more than 354,520 children living in food insecure households.

“Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity” provides the following data for the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s 26-county service territory in an interactive map format:

  • Within the 26 counties served by the St. Louis Area Foodbank, nearly one-fourth of children are struggling with food insecurity.
  • In St. Louis City/County, 100 percent of the food insecure children live at or below 185 percent of the poverty line.
  • Among the 14 counties served by the Foodbank in Missouri, the highest rate of childhood food insecurity was found in Washington County – 35.6 percent.
  • In the Foodbank’s 12-county service territory in Illinois, Franklin County has the highest rate of childhood food insecurity – 32.8 percent. 

An executive summary of the report can be found at: feedingamerica.org/mapthegap/childsummary

For more information and to see the ABC News coverage, "Hunger At Home," click here.

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