Data from Marland Hunger Solutions reveals county-level data on food insecurity.
New data from Marland Hunger Solutions details food insecurity both statewide and at the county level. This dataset is aimed at providing policymakers with accurate information to both better target resources and develop more informed policy solutions. To paint the clearest picture, the study looks at several factors in determining the severity of food insecurity, including participation in Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Provisions (SNAP); and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
According to Maryland Hunger Solutions,
The 2022 Maryland Hunger Profiles provide accurate local data on federal nutrition program participation, population, and poverty data for each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. The latest Profiles are a reflection on the Coronavirus pandemic, along with Maryland’s strategies to adapt to the crisis.
…many nutrition programs have not yet realized their full capacity of service for thousands of Marylanders. The purpose of these data profiles is to allow policymakers, partners, and the public to understand the state of hunger within Maryland and inform ongoing community and policy conversations about ensuring Marylanders have sufficient nutrition and the opportunity to thrive…
Longtime readers of Conduit Street will remember that a July 2022 report from the Maryland Food Bank showed that approximately one-third of Marylanders are food insecure. One thing is certain from both studies: the level of food insecurity in Maryland is increasing.