IN OUR REGION
Map the Meal Gap 2010
A report on actual hunger, not poverty, in the United States was published for the first time ever, in March 2011. Initiated by Feeding America and supported by ConAgra Foods Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, this seminal research was released under the titles, Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level and Map the Meal Gap 2009: Child Food Insecurity.
See the Food Insecurity Estimates in Tarrant Area Food Bank's Service Region:
Hunger in America 2010: The Report for Tarrant Area Food Bank
In Feburary 2010, Feeding America released Hunger in America 2010,
a comprehensive and detailed study on hunger and Americans who
sought food assistance from private, nonprofit agencies in early
A regional report
from this study prepared for Tarrant Area Food Bank presents
a picture of hunger for our 13-county service area as a whole.
The following documents relating to our regional hunger report are
available on this site: News
of Findings, Regional
below are from the Hunger in America 2010 survey
and report sponsored by Feeding America.
The faces of hunger* in our 13-county service region are Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American, Asian and Native American. They may be your neighbors or your work colleague. He or she may be the child in school sitting next to your son or daughter.
and individuals we serve include: **
- Children, who are more than one-third, almost half (43 percent) of all individuals our network serves
- Senior citizens often living on fixed incomes
- Single parents earning minimum wage
- Chronically ill or severely disabled individuals
- Unemployed and under-employed workers (30 percent of adults younger than 65 are employed.)
- Homeless families and individuals
of people seeking food assistance were not receiving
government benefits in 2008, the primary time period covered by the hunger study published in 2010.
- Only 33 percent of the households seen by area agencies were receiving benefits from the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called Food Stamps.
- Government welfare, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), was the main source of income for only 1.2 percent of households.
households served by the Tarrant Area Food Bank network:
- Most do not have great numbers of children --- 63 percent of
households have three or fewer members and many households consist
of one elderly person;
- 30 percent of families with children younger than 18 are headed
by single parents;
- The great majority of individuals (86 percent) receiving food
assistance from our network are U.S. citizens.
- 65 percent have a total annual income of less than $15,000,
whether from employment, pensions, or some form of Social Security;
- 52 percent are having to choose whether to buy food or pay for
- 39 percent are forced to choose between paying for medicine/medical
care and buying groceries.
For a brief overview of hunger in the U.S., Texas and Tarrant Area Food Bank's 13-county service region, see Hunger Facts (pdf).