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Map the Meal Gap

In 2009, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released a landmark study, Map the Meal Gap, that provides the first detailed look at the food budget needed by families struggling with hunger here in Iowa each year – an estimated $151 million.

The study takes a look at meals in a whole new way, using county-level data on food costs from The Nielsen Company to break down the food budget shortfall of our residents into an approximation of the meals missing from the tables of people at risk of hunger in Iowa each year.

To learn more and see the results of our service area, click here.