The Food Bank for New York City has created maps and data tables that look at SNAP in NYS from several different perspectives and provide county by county data.
Two of these fact sheets look at the number of meals missing by county and also by per person by county. This is referred to as the Meal Gap, which is New York City’s official measurement of food insecurity. It represents the meals missing from the homes of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity – that is when a families food budget falls too short to secure adequate, nutritious food year round.
The other two fact sheets look at the economic impact of SNAP on grocers and retailers by county and SNAP participation by county.
These are helpful tools to highlight and educate your members of Congress and your community about the importance of SNAP in NYS and the plight of hungry families.