b'REGIONAL FOOD INSECURITYThe United States Department of Agriculture defines food security as access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. It defines food insecure households as those that are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, at some time during the year, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food. Feeding America DataFeeding Americas 2018 Map the Meal Gap report provides estimates of food insecurity for com-munities across the country using data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) 2 .Food insecu-rity was estimated using CPS data by compiling county data for the following determinants of food insecurity: unemployment rates, poverty rates, median income, race/ethnicity and homeownership rates. Using these data, we can identify differences in food insecurity rates between the Finger Lakes counties, ranging from 9.2 percent in Livingston County to 12.8 percent in Chemung County. While no countys overall food insecurity rate is greater than 13 percent, this rate masks the fact that the childhood food insecurity rate is greater than 16 percent for all counties, ranging from 16.2 percent in Ontario County to 20.9 percent in Steuben County (see Table 1). Food insecurity is not just a problem associated with urban poverty. According to Feeding America 85 percent of counties with high child food insecurity are rural. 3The Finger Lakes region is com-prised of urban, suburban and rural areas, and all nine counties experience rates of childhood food insecurity that are higher than the overall food insecurity rates. Interventions to address barriers specific to urban, suburban and rural settings should be considered.Using the Map the Meal Gap data, we mapped food insecurity estimates for the Finger Lakes region by census tract, enabling a clear identification of specific communities experiencing food insecurity (see regional map on the following page and county maps in the appendix on page 40). Leaders in each county can use these maps to target their interventions and food access programs to areas within their counties experiencing the highest rates of food insecurity.TABLE 1: Population, overall and child food insecurity rates and population estimates, US, NY and Finger Lakes region counties, 2016 (source: Map the Meal Gap).New York State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System DataWhereas Feeding America compiled economic indicator data to estimate food insecurity, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) estimates food insecurity using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Perceived food insecurity was assessed in the 2013-2014 BRFSS by asking, How often in the past 12 months would you say you were worried or stressed about hav-ing enough money to buy nutritious meals? Respondents who report they were always, usually, or 8'