In this new series of forums, local experts will discuss the current needs, resources, and opportunities for community engagement on a variety of issues across Cape Cod. First up: food security and access. In 2018, Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap data indicated that 7.6% of the overall population in Barnstable County was food insecure. Eleven percent of our children fell into that estimate. Because of the pandemic, the national hunger-relief organization then predicted food insecurity among residents in our county would increase 50%. Over the past year, our local food pantries and food programs have reported 100%-300% increases in demand for services.