Virginia has a food insecurity rate of nearly 12%, which means that approximately 913,000 people do not know where or when they will receive their next meal.
The average cost of a meal is $2.68. Research by Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" showed that an additional $406,935,780 would be needed to meet the state's food needs.
Another study conducted by Feeding America showed that Virginia's food banks served 42% children of which 11% were in the 0-5 year old category.
Donations over the past years have decreased by as much as 50% while assistance requests have increased by as much as 40%. The crisis facing food banks must be addressed. Children are going to sleep hungry and growing up malnourished.