Hunger in NYC

Food Insecurity

What does it mean to be Food Insecure?

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; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all of the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household's need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate food.

How many food insecure people are in NYC?

New research from Feeding America has determined how many food insecure people live in the 5 boroughs, along with the average cost of a meal. This information helps City Harvest direct its resources to those areas where it's needed most.

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Read more about the findings of Map the Meal Gap in the Executive Summary or learn how Feeding America got this data.

 View Food Insecurity Maps of NYC and the Country here

For more information contact Kate MacKenzie, Director of Policy and Government Relations at [email protected].