New map helps volunteers in fight against hunger
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(NAPSI)—There’s helpful news for volunteers and programs looking for an opportunity to fight hunger. That’s good news for those in need of aid.

A new map has been created to help identify the level of hunger in a particular area, the programs active in the region and places where volunteers are needed.

Research provided by the group Feeding America indicates that hunger exists to one degree or another all throughout the country. For example, more than 16 percent of Californians live with what’s called food insecurity.

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. It’s not just having enough food-it’s also about having the right foods.

In Florida, it’s thought that just over 17 percent of people there are food insecure. Even in Iowa, the breadbasket of America, more than 12 percent of people go to bed hungry.

When it comes to fighting hunger, nonprofits are on the front line providing services—from collecting donations to operating food pantries and more—to those who need them, especially during the holidays.

Unfortunately, volunteers aren’t always clear about where the greatest need exists for their efforts.

To help, VolunteerMatch has partnered with the Walmart Foundation as part of the Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fighting hunger. The result is a map of volunteer needs in the U.S. that pertain to hunger.

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