According to the USDA, food insecure households are not insecure all the time, as a typical household in poverty is.
Not everyone who goes hungry lives below the poverty level.
There is an intermediate level above the poverty line known as food insecurity, according to the USDA. Food insecurity is the USDA’s term for a lack of access to enough nutritionally valuable food for all members of a household.
Feeding America, a domestic hunger relief charity, created an interactive map of the country titled Map the Meal Gap. It evaluates the food insecurity rate, average cost of a meal and the additional amount of money required to meet food needs for 2009 at the national, state and county level at www.feedingamerica.org.
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