Idaho Hunger Statistics
- 17.3% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 274,230 people or 1 in 6.
- 23% of Idaho’s children are food insecure – 96,090 children or 1 in 4.
- Of the 274,230 food-insecure people, 120,429 have incomes below 130% of poverty, which makes them eligible for food stamps and other government assistance.
- Of the 274,230 food-insecure people, 56,200 have incomes between 130% and 185% of poverty, which makes them eligible for WIC and reduced-price school meals but not food stamps.
- Of the 274,230 food-insecure people, 90,991 people have incomes above 185% of poverty, which makes them ineligible only for any public assistance. These people must rely on the private charity network, such as The Idaho Foodbank and its partners.
- The counties with the highest rates of overall food insecurity are Madison, Shoshone, Adams, Valley and Benewah.
- The counties with the highest rates of childhood food insecurity are Lemhi, Valley, Camas, Owyhee and Gem.
Map the Meal Gap 2013
“Map the Meal Gap” estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population and, separately, for children under the age of 18. The estimates are calculated at both the county and congressional-district level for the entire U.S. It is the only study to report food-insecurity data at the county level. The Idaho Foodbank is part of the Feeding America network.
The 2013 Map the Meal Gap study was released in June 2013. It is based on statistics from 2011, which are the most recent available.Map the Meal Gap 2013