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Together, federal nutrition programs and the charitable food system weave a comprehensive nutrition safety net reaching food insecure individuals at different income levels and in different settings. Child nutrition programs, in particular, play a critical role in providing quality nutritious meals to millions of children every day for free or at a reduced cost. So in addition to developing overall food insecurity estimates for every county and congressional district, Map the Meal Gap also estimates child food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in every state in the United States. As with counties, it is important to note that no congressional district is free of food insecurity. It is our hope that food banks, partner agencies, policy makers, business leaders, community activists and concerned citizens will use this information to fully engage in the fight against hunger.
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