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 2015. 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:
- 15.6 percent – the percentage of the population in Clark County who are food insecure. Three Square’s service area also includes three rural counties: Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye. Though the rural population is smaller, the food insecurity rate in each county ranges between 14.6-18.5%.
- 52.5 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 nutrition programs and charitable organizations.
- $2.85 – the average price of a meal in Clark County. Rural communities in Nevada often have an even higher average meal cost than their urban counterparts.
Three Square is the only food bank applying Map the Meal Gap to specific ZIP codes to better understand food insecurity at a neighborhood level. Five years of food insecurity maps are now available for the Greater Las Vegas Valley.
Hunger in America Report
Feeding America recently released it’s national Hunger in America Report as well as a local report in collaboration with Three Square, focusing largely on our network of Agency Partners in Southern Nevada. This report examines the wide range of services provided to clients seeking food, and estimates of the annual impact of nutrition assistance.
Three Square is pleased to release the 2014 Census: a report to community detailing the food needs of vulnerable populations in Southern Nevada, as well as the reach and impact of nutrition assistance services. Data in the Census is drilled down to the neighborhood level to examine need and service utilization. The Census marks the first major report on hunger and hunger-relief efforts in Southern Nevada in five years, and celebrates the fifth anniversary of food insecurity maps by ZIP code in the Greater Las Vegas Valley.