(Undated) – Many Hoosier families sometimes struggle to feed their families, a new study says.
According to Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” study, more than 1 million Hoosiers, or 16.3 percent, were classified as "food insecure" ranging from 2009 through 2011. That means family members have jobs, but don't make quite enough to buy food for active, healthy lives.
Food insecure households are not necessarily insecure all the time, but they may encounter periods where they must trade paying other expenses in order to purchase nutritionally adequate food.
The study breaks down food insecurity rates by county:
Dearborn County – 6,020 people, 12.1 percent
Franklin County – 2,990, 12.9 percent
Ripley County – 3,730, 13 percent
Ohio County – 770, 12.6 percent
Switzerland County – 1,270, 12.1 percent
The study also determined that the average cost of a meal in Indiana is $2.33. It would have taken an additional $404 million to meet Indiana’s food needs.
In Ohio, more than two million people, or 17.8 percent, are classified as “food insecure.” The numbers were 17.2 percent of people in Kentucky, or over 749,000 individuals.
The study can be found online at http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx?convio_source=Y13YDIFGT&convio_subsource=gmapthemealgap&gclid=CPSn9u3427cCFZFcMgodWicAeA.