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Food insecurity--total population and children under age 18 in Alabama

Food insecurity--total population and children under age 18

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Definition and Source



Food insecurity (all ages and children under 18) refers to the 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 insecurity may also reflect a household need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time.

Beginning in 2020, Feeding America enhanced the food insecurity model through the inclusion of a disability rate variable and refining the poverty measure to reflect non-undergraduate student poverty.  Because of this methodology changes, the estimates from Map the Meal Gap 2020 to 2023 are not comparable to estimates from previous years.

Data Source

Gundersen, C., Strayer, M., Dewey, A., Hake, M., & Engelhard, E. (2023) Map the Meal Gap 2022: An Analysis of County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2022.  Feeding America

Last Updated

May 2024