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Show-Me: Holiday meal needs in Missouri

During COVID-19, food needs in the two biggest cities in Missouri have been strikingly similar. Until Thanksgiving, that is. We examined 9,892 requests to 2-1-1 for food pantries and holiday meals from the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas during 2020. The pattern of requests for food pantries was nearly identical in the two cities (orange line in charts), but requests for holiday meals were consistently higher in Kansas City than St. Louis. From November 1st to 30th, total holiday meal requests were 109% higher in Kansas City compared to St. Louis (teal line in charts). Mouse over the lines in the chart to see the 7-day moving average of requests per day in each metropolitan area. Data for these analyses came from 2-1-1 Counts, a daily tracking system of community needs in Missouri, and 36 other states. The St. Louis metropolitan area included Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis, and Warren counties in Missouri and Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties in Illinois; Kansas City included Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

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