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Hunger in Our Area

Addressing the problem of hunger requires a thorough understanding of the problem itself. For the sixth consecutive year, Feeding America has undertaken the Map the Meal Gap project to continue learning about the face of food insecurity at the local level. By understanding the local need, communities can develop more effective strategies for reaching those who are struggling with hunger.

County Estimated number of food insecure individuals Actual Meals Provided Meal Gap (# of meals needed per county) % of needed meals provided during 2015
Allen  18,290 1,957,563 3,084,200 63%
Auglaize  5,700 196,865 955,100 21%
Hancock  10,340 564,929 1,717,800 33%
Hardin  5,120 338,352 847,400 40%
Mercer  4,710 82,613 799,700 10%
Paulding  2,630 246,303 436,100 56%
Putnam  3,680 252,199 582,600 43%
Seneca  8,350 378,939 1,403,500 27%
Shelby  6,700 751,060 1,126,300 67%
Van Wert  3,890 276,448 639,100 43%
Wyandot  3,180 154,073 496,100 31%
Totals 72,590 5,199,344 12,087,900 43%

Service Areas

You can help solve West Ohio’s hunger problem. We need…

  • 600 businesses, organizations or individuals who are willing to commit $1000 / year… or…
  • 1,000 businesses who will share $600 / year… or…
  • 2,000 individuals, who can contribute $300 / year