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Maryland Hunger Map

A Deep Dive into Hunger in Our State

If we want to live in a state with no hunger, we really have to know hunger first. To do that our Hunger Action Work group created this exciting tool, which offers a fresh way of using data to give us the most detailed and accurate picture we’ve ever had of hunger in our state.

A Realistic View of Hunger

Traditionally, we have relied on data from Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap study to quantify the need and guide our efforts. But as helpful as that data has been, it only recognizes those who are living below the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) — a national statistic that identifies approximately 650,200 individuals in Maryland.

Because we’re on the ground every day, feeding hungry Marylanders, we know that 650,200 is just an estimate. We see hard-working individuals and families who live just above the poverty line; despite their best efforts, they can’t afford their most basic needs, including food.

Take a Deeper Dive into Hunger Statistics

See what the need looks like in your neighborhood.

Take a Deeper Dive into Hunger Statistics

See what the need looks like in your neighborhood.

The Cost of Living in Maryland

Maryland is one of the most expensive states to live in — food, housing, and utility costs are significantly higher than national averages. While there is better economic news for some, wages just aren’t rising at the same level as the cost of living, forcing too many Marylanders into difficult choices.

To find out just how large this population is, we developed a different way to assess the true need.

Redefining Hunger in Maryland

When we combine U.S. Census data (FPL), United Way’s ALICE Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), and other localized data*, we find that the number of Marylanders who are food insecure is actually closer to 1.3 million individuals.

*Population per municipality (Census), Federal Poverty Level population (Census), Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Survival Budget population (United Way), Pounds needed, based on 90 meals, MFB’s Network Partner locations, MFB’s Network Partner locations, MFB + Network Partner pounds distributed.

Exploring Hunger

Use the Maryland Hunger Map to educate yourself about the true hunger that persists in our state. Start in your own neighborhood, and experiment by clicking the different layers to see what hunger really looks like in your community.

Take a Deeper Dive into Hunger Statistics

See what the need looks like in your neighborhood.

Take a Deeper Dive into Hunger Statistics

See what the need looks like in your neighborhood.

For more information about the Maryland Hunger Map, please contact us.

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