In the United States, approximately 22 million children rely on free or reduced-priced meals during the school year, yet only 2.7 million access free meals in the summer when school is out. According to Feeding America’s latest Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity Estimates at County Levels, the six (6) counties that make up the Diocese of Youngstown – Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull Counties maintain a 15.7% child food insecurity rate, compared with 16.8% for the state of Ohio. This statistic means that more than one out of six children in our six county service area are experiencing hunger or are at risk for hunger right now.
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