Food Insecurity “Remains High” in NWI

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April 22, 2014—The newest data from the annual “Map the Meal Gap” Study shows that food insecurity continues to remain high in Lake and Porter counties, according to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

The research shows that 15.8% of people in the two counties are food insecure, including more than 34,000 children. The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a socioeconomic condition of limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.”

Map the Meal Gap 2014 is compiled by the non-profit organization Feeding America, and claims to be the only study available that analyzes data on a county level for the entire nation.

 “Studies like Map the Meal Gap 2014 allow the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to continue to evaluate and adjust to the need in our area,” said Arleen Peterson, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “The research data includes weekly food-budget shortfalls, demographics and poverty levels which help us define the social issues plaguing our area and work together as a community to find a solution.”

 The study also found that:

  • Over 104,000 people are going hungry at some point during the year in the two counties.
  • 35% of those going hungry do not qualify for any kind of government assistance.
  • The total number of meals the Food Bank would have to provide in order to cover those going hungry for only one year is 18,217,700.

 A summary of the findings, an interactive map of the United States, and the full report are available at


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