For the twelfth year, Feeding America has published its landmark research study, Map the Meal Gap, which once again finds that food insecurity exists in all 3,143 counties and county equivalents as well as 436 congressional districts across the country.
This year’s study showed some alarming rates of food insecurity across the nation, especially here in the Panhandle.
Overall, in the Texas Panhandle, 1 in 7 (13.5%) adults and 1 in 6 (18%) children face food insecurity. Breaking that down even further, that’s 1 in 3 (29%) Black neighbors in the region, 1 in 6 (18%) Hispanic neighbors, and 1 in 13 (8%) White neighbors facing this issue regularly across the 29 counties that the High Plains Food Bank serves.
The HPFB is one of 200 food banks that are part of Feeding America’s nationwide food bank network, with still so much needing to be done to make sure that our people receive one of the most essential things needed to survive– a meal on their plate.