The Food Bank for the Heartland has its work cut out for them. There are approximately 211,590 people in 93 counties in Nebraska and western Iowa that are considered food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. Food Bank spokesman Brian Barks says there is a slight bump up in the number of people needing assistance from last year.
Barks says more than half of those hungry people are children. He says the summer months are particularly difficult as food donations are down and children no longer can take advantage of breakfast and lunch at school. He says they do run a number of food assistance programs for children throughout both states in their service area to make sure that kids are getting meals during the day.
The findings are from the annual Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” study and estimates are calculated at both the county and congressional district level for the entire U-S.