Mapping Hunger on a Local Level

The Three Square Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released its most recent Map the Meal Gap study in summer of 2013. This study more accurately reflects who is truly hungry at the local community level by taking into consideration such factors as unemployment rate, federal food assistance eligibility rates and average cost of a meal.

Other key findings from this year's Map the Meal Gap study included:

  • 16.2 percent – the percentage of the population who is food insecure in the four Southern Nevada counties. That is more than 340,000 people in our community.
  • 56.2 million -  the number of meals needed each year to close the gap between the need for food and what is currently made available through federal programs and charitable organizations.
  • $2.61 – the average price per meal in Southern Nevada, based on new research by The Nielson Company.

2013 food insecurity map

2012 food insecurity map

2010-2011 food insecurity map

2009-2010 food insecurity map 

Map the Meal Gap report

Hunger’s Impact on Our Community: Envisioning a Food-Secure Southern Nevada

In spring 2009, the Three Square Food Bank launched an ambitious research initiative: to map the impacts, implications and indirect costs of hunger in Southern Nevada. This research was done in conjunction with a series of events which brought together local, national and international experts in the fields of hunger and social services. The result is Three Square’s first policy paper, “Hunger’s Impact on Our Community: Envisioning a Food-Secure Southern Nevada.” This report explores the impacts of hunger in Southern Nevada in four specific topic areas:

  • Children and Education
  • Senior Citizens
  • Health Care
  • Economy and Housing

Fall 2009 Hunger's Impact on our Community

Fall 2009 Policy Paper

Hunger Facts

Imagine your child’s classroom: thirty children, and fifteen of them are hungry.

58% of children in the Clark County School District are enrolled in free and reduced-price meal programs based on their family income. That’s more than half of the kids facing hunger at home and coming to school unprepared to learn.

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