The Latest Statistics on Food Insecurity: Map the Meal Gap 2013



Feeding America has released Map the Meal Gap 2013, which provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district level.




NATIONAL: 22.4% (approx. 1 in 5 kids)

ARIZONA: 29.9% (nearly 500,000 kids)

OUR SERVICE AREA: 26.9% (approx. 1 in 4 kids)

(Arizona is 3rd highest in the nation for childhood food insecurity, after New Mexico and D.C.)

TUCSON: 29.7%  children below the poverty line*


NATIONAL: 16,4% (approx. 1 in 6 people)

ARIZONA: 19.1% (1.2 million people) (approx. 1 in 5 people) 


TUCSON: 20.4% below the poverty line*

*The statistics for the city of Tucson were provided by the 2011 American Community Survey and data from the U.S. Census Bureau. They reflect persons “below the poverty line” whereas the other statistics reflect persons who are “food insecure. ”


What is Food Insecurity and What Does it Look Like in America?

Food Insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food Insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing and medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

View Feeding America’s  interactive map to select your state, county or our service area and learn more about your neighbors struggling with hunger.



View the interactive map

View the Executive Summary Report

View USDA Report

Feeding America first published the Map the Meal Gap project in early 2011, with the generous support of theHoward G. Buffett Foundation and The Nielsen Company, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level. In August, 2011, with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, child food insecurity data was added to the project. The maps reflect 2009-2011 data, and will be updated every year with new data.