YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Second Harvest Food Bank, in conjunction with Feeding America, is pointing to new data that reaffirms that children in the Mahoning Valley are more likely to face hunger than the overall population in the United States.
Map the Meal Gap 2019 is an interactive tool that shows food insecurity rates in every county in Second Harvest’s service area. It also shows that children are hit the hardest with an insecurity rate of 23 percent overall.
In the Mahoning Valley, hunger rates range from a low of 14 percent in Columbiana County to a high of 16.4 percent in Mahoning:
County breakout (source: Feeding American Map the Meal Gap)
Columbiana County – 14.0 percent food insecurity. The average of a meal is $2.69. It would take $6.7 million need to fill the gap.
Mahoning County – 16.4 percent food insecurity. The average cost of a meal is $3.00. It would take $19.5 million needed to fill the gap.
Trumbull County – 16.0 percent food insecurity. The average cost of a meal is $2.78. It would take $15.4 million to fill the gap
“Each week, the Food Bank through our network of 160 member agencies are filling more than 13,000 requests for food assistance in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties,” said Michael Iberis, executive director, Second Harvest Food Bank.
Map the Meal Gap 2019 uses data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and food price data and analysis provided by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights.