Every four years, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank participates in a national hunger study in conjunction with Feeding America. The most recent study, Map the Meal Gap, documents the extent of hunger in our region, in the state and in the nation and helps guide policy discussions and affect change.
Key Findings For Our Communities:
- There are nearly 100,000 food insecure individuals living in Eastern Illinois Foodbank's service area.
- Overall food insecurity rates for eastern Illinois vary from 6.3% in Woodford County to 13.3% in Champaign County.
- 10 of the counties in Eastern Illinois Foodbank’s service area (Champaign, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Livingston, and Vermilion) have food-insecurity rates higher than Cook County.
- The average annual food budget shortfall that food-insecure individuals in Champaign County report needing to purchase just enough food to meet their food needs is nearly $13 million.
- At 17.3%, Vermilion County has the highest child-insecurity rate in eastern Illinois.
Feeding America has published the Map the Meal Gap project since 2011, thanks to the support of The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Nielsen, and the Conagra
Brands Foundation, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level.