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Dr. Craig Gundersen Lead Researcher on Recently Unveiled Map the Meal Gap Project
Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, released their new Map the Meal Gap project yesterday at an event in Washington, D.C. that was attended by Howard G. Buffet and John Lewis of The Neilson Company, who both helped fund the project. Dr. Craig Gundersen, an Affiliate of the Family Resiliency Center and who served as the lead researcher for the project, also attended.
The goal of the Map the Map Gap project is to provide communities with information and data that can help them better understand the need in their local area. Locally, Julie Wurth reported in today's News-Gazette that the project indicated that "About 15.5 percent of the 508,000 people in the 14-county region served by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank are classified as "food insecure," unable to get enough food on a regular basis." News-Gazette, 3.25.2011.
Dr. Gundersen is also one of the investigators on the Backpack Program Evaluation which is looking at the potential impact on children’s hunger relief and associated factors such as school performance and family climate. He will be presenting the preliminary results of the project along with co-investigators Dr. Barbara Fiese and Brenda Koester at the 2011 SRCD Biennial Meeting in Montreal later this month.