More than 240,000 Idahoans, including more than 80,000 children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. More than 1 in 5 Idaho children lives at risk of hunger and about 1 in 7 Idahoans is food insecure.
32% of the people who are food insecure in Idaho make too much money to receive government assistance.
Idaho Hunger Statistics – Updated April 28, 2016
- 14.7% of Idaho’s residents are food insecure – 241,080 people or 1 in 7.
- 19.3% of Idaho’s children are food insecure – 83,110 children or 1 in 5.
- Of the 241,080 food-insecure people, 49% have incomes below 130% of poverty, which makes them eligible for food stamps and other government assistance.
- Of the 241,080 food-insecure people, 19% 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 241,080 food-insecure people, 32% 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 and Adams.
- The counties with the highest rates of childhood food insecurity are Lemhi, Shoshone and Adams.
Map the Meal Gap 2016
“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 2016 Map the Meal Gap study was released in April 2016. It is based on statistics from 2014, which are the most recent available.
Map the Meal Gap 2016 Interactive Map