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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.

See Fast Facts for the most up-to-date meal gap information, and our 2016 Trends Report for a look at longer-term changes in the meal gap across New York City.

Meal Gap by Community District · Meal Gap by Neighborhood Tabulation Area

2016 Meal Gap by Community District web

2016 Meal Gap by NTA

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!

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