Advocacy is a key component in Second Harvest’s approach to eliminating hunger across East Central Indiana. We help to connect leaders in the community with elected officials and public policy-makers in the fight against hunger and poverty. Having a voice in the public policy process is an important step in overcoming hunger and ensuring that those in our communities have access to the resources they need to strengthen their families.

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Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country. Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project offers information about local food insecurity.

Most Recent Statistics

  • Food insecurity exists in all 3,142 counties and 436 congressional districts in all 50 states.
  • As of March 2021, 1 in 8 people across the United States struggle with hunger.
  • Food Insecurity has a far higher frequency in communities of color.
  • The average county child food-insecurity rate in 2021 was 20.5%.
  • More than half of the counties with the highest rates of overall food insecurity are rural (located outside both metropolitan and micropolitan areas) though rural counties make up less than half of all U.S counties.