Idaho Hunger Statistics – Updated April 14, 2015
- 15.6% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 250,830 people or 1 in 6.
- 21.1% of Idaho’s children are food insecure – 90,240 children or 1 in 5.
- Of the 250,830 food-insecure people, 50% have incomes below 130% of poverty, which makes them eligible for food stamps and other government assistance.
- Of the 250,830 food-insecure people, 20% 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 250,830 food-insecure people, 30% 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, Lemhi, Shoshone, Adams.
- The counties with the highest rates of childhood food insecurity are Lemhi, Adams, Shoshone, Idaho.
Map the Meal Gap 2015
“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 2015 Map the Meal Gap study was released in April 2015. It is based on statistics from 2013, which are the most recent available.
Map the Meal Gap 2015 Interactive Map