According to "Map the Meal Gap" 2012, a meal costs $2.52 on average but the analysis reveals average meal costs ranging from as little as $1.80 in Zavala, Texas to as much as $5.51 in Union, South Dakota. Among the counties with the top 10% highest food insecurity rates in the nation, food prices reach as high as 143% of the national average (or $3.60 per meal in Colusa, California). For a food insecure household struggling to afford housing, utilities and other necessities, the additional burden of expensive food can have a significant impact on a household's budget.
The report recommends that more research is needed to make modifications to the SNAP Program.
"Feeding America urges our nation's leaders to keep the SNAP program fully funded. With millions of Americas out of work, employed in part time or low wage jobs, and still suffering economic woes in this tough economy, this report underscores that our leaders should be talking about ways to strengthen SNAP, not cut its funding. We continue to urge Congress to not attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the nation's poorest and most vulnerable citizens and to protect and strengthen SNAP," said Aiken.
Contact: Ross Fraser312.641.6422SOURCE Feeding America