By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Nearly 800,000 people in Cook County, including one in five children, struggle to have access to healthy food and are at risk of hunger, according to a new study.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Severe Storms, Including Risk Of Tornadoes And Large Hail, Later In Afternoon And Evening
Rising food prices are making it a challenge for many people who are labeled “food insecure,” according the Map The Meal Gap 2014 study.
“Hundreds of thousands of our neighbors struggle to access food on a daily basis,” said Kate Maehr, Greater Chicago Food Depository Executive Director and CEO. “As men and women throughout our community face high unemployment and stagnant income, the continued rise in food prices places additional strain on households across Cook County.”
According to the study, the weighted cost per meal in Cook County in 2012 was $2.55 – a continued increase from $2.51 in the previous year and $2.45 in 2010.