The Meal Gap
The Meal Gap, New York City's official measure of food insecurity, represents the meals missing from the homes of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity — that is, when household food budgets fall too short to secure adequate, nutritious food year-round. Factors like poverty and local food costs determine how big a city's meal gap is. Because the meal gap can be mapped, we can see where hunger lives. The map below shows New York City is missing 250 million meals. Click here to see the Meal Gap by Community District.
The meal gap is a metric developed for Feeding America by food insecurity expert Dr. Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
How is Food Bank For New York City using the Meal Gap Map?
For more than 30 years, Food Bank For New York City has supplied food to all five boroughs through a network of charities willing and able to distribute food to New Yorkers in need. Despite our collective efforts, a shortfall – of more than 100 million meals – remains. Food Bank uses the Meal Gap Map as a tool to direct additional food and services to the areas of highest need.
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