Missing Meals 2015
Every two years Food Lifeline’s Missing Meals report provides a snapshot of Western Washington’s hunger safety net, telling us how many meals come from food banks and meal programs as well as all of the government programs. Combined with Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, we can see what role the hunger safety net plays in meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors, while also considering how much work is still to be done.
In this year’s report we were able to compare data across three years, from 2012 through 2014. The hunger safety net in Western Washington continues to provide an incredible number of meals – 4.7 for every one meal that’s still missing. And yet, the 327,000 meals per day that are missing have a real impact for those families and individuals without enough food on their plates. Despite the improved economy, many people have exhausted all their resources and struggle to find their way back to stability. For these individuals, government programs like SNAP and free school lunches, as well as food provided by food banks and meal programs, are their only way to close the meal gap.
Through a series of blog posts we will explore what the Missing Meals look like in Western Washington:
- Snapshot of the Hunger Safety Net – A summary of this years results
- Private and Public Food Programs Working Together – It takes resources from both sides to close the meal gap
- 2010-2014: Hunger safety net trends – A look at recent changes in the hunger safety net
- Missing Meals 2015 Brochure
- Full Missing Meals Methodology
- County-level Fact Sheets (Dropbox folder)