Looking at hunger through a new lens

The Meal Gap, New York City’s official measure of food insecurity, represents the meals missing from the homes of those struggling to put food on the table.  Because the Meal Gap can be mapped, we can see where hunger lives.

The Meal Gap in New York City is now 242 million meals.

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Source: Food Bank For New York City analysis based on Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, A. Crumbaugh, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2016: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2016.  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.

There are many ways you can help close New York City’s meal gap — please join us!