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Food Security in

New Mexico


of New Mexico's working families are low-income
(200% below the poverty line)

Source:: Working Poor Families Project, 2013



New Mexicans

 struggling with hunger
Source:: Feeding America

What does


look like?

>  Low access to grocery stores

>  Lack of access to fresh food

>  Inability to afford nutritious food

food desert [food dez-ert] (noun) 

a neighborhood where there is little or limited access to healthy and affordable food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet

food apartheid [food ap-ar-tide] (noun) 

areas that lack the availability of healthy food. These areas disproportionately affect communities of color.  Grocery stores tend to pick specific locations based on the zip codes and socioeconomic status of a neighborhood.

food insecurity [food in-si-kyoor-i-tee] (noun) 

lack of access to a sufficient amount of food because of limited funds. More than 49 million American households are considered food insecure and are vulnerable to poor health as a result.

Source: Tolerance.Org

amount needed to meet the food needs of those struggling with hunger in New Mexico.

The average cost of a meal in New Mexico is $2.91.


Data from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2019 study.


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