Macon Co. highest in central IL for # food insecure

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SPRINGFIELD -- A new study pinpoints exactly where in central Illinois the most people struggle with hunger.

The annual Map the Meal Gap study from Feeding America details the rates of food insecurity across the country. It found that food insecurity affects the most vulnerable populations in central Illinois, including 42,350 children.  

Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's measure of lack of access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

Nationally, Illinois falls near the middle, 33rd in the nation in child food insecurity. Statewide, more than 640,000 children are food insecure.

"At Central Illinois Foodbank we are constantly working to provide up to date solutions for the central Illinois communities that we serve," said Pam Molitoris, executive director at Central Illinois Foodbank. "Findings from Map the Meal Gap 2015 help hunger-relief organizations like ours better quantify the economic issues that so many of our neighbors deal with."

Central Illinois statistics: 


Food Insecurity Rate
# Food Insecure People
Macon Co.
17.8%
19,660
Champaign Co.
17.2%
34.790
Vermilion Co.
17.2%
13,940
Coles Co.
16.7%
8,960
Logan Co.
14.8%
4,470
Edgar Co.
14.7%
2,700
Morgan Co.
14.6%
5,170
Christian Co.
14.3%
4,950
Sangamon Co.
14.2%
28,150

More information: http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2013/overall

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