Idaho Hunger Statistics
- 15.8% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 252,060 people or 1 in 6.
- 21.6% of Idaho’s children are food insecure – 91,730 children or 1 in 5.
- Of the 252,060 food-insecure people, 50% have incomes below 130% of poverty, which makes them eligible for food stamps and other government assistance.
- Of the 252,060 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 252,060 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, Shoshone, Latah, Adams, Lemhi.
- The counties with the highest rates of childhood food insecurity are Lemhi, Shoshone, Owyhee, Gem, Camas.
Map the Meal Gap 2014
“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 2014 Map the Meal Gap study was released in May 2014. It is based on statistics from 2012, which are the most recent available.Map the Meal Gap 2014