Map the Meal Gap 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county of our service area. It also shows that children are more likely to be food insecure, with the child food insecurity rate at 11.7% compared to 8.1% for the overall population in Caroline County, the City of Fredericksburg, King George County, Orange County, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County.
Overall food insecurity in our community ranges from a low of 6.3% of the population in Stafford County up to 14.9% in the City of Fredericksburg.
The analysis also finds that 41% of residents in our community who are food insecure are likely ineligible for federal nutrition assistance under current program requirements. This means that many households must rely even more on charitable food assistance such as the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.
We encourage everyone to visit the website, map.feedingamerica.org to find out what hunger looks like in their community and join the conversation about Map the Meal Gap 2019 on Twitter using #MealGap.