Idaho State Counties

State Highlights

Idaho: Food insecurity

Food insecurity has significant consequences for the population's health, educational outcomes, income, and workforce participation. According to the USDA, a household is considered to be food insecure if, at any time during the previous year, there was a lack of access to sufficient food for a healthy and active life for every household member due to a lack of resources.
In Idaho in 2016:
  • the food insecure population made up 13 percent of the population and numbered 221,800.
  • food insecure children made up 17 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 72,840. 
In Idaho in 2010:
  • the food insecure population made up 17 percent of the population and numbered 267,620.
  • food insecure children made up 23 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 96,660.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Idaho decreased by 17 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 21 percent.

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

Ask questions:

· Are overall and child food security rates increasing or decreasing over time?

· How do your county’s overall and child food insecurity rates compare to the state or national rate?

Look at other indicators:

· “Income and poverty: Poverty rate, overall” – How does the food insecurity rate compare to the overall poverty rate?

· “Income and poverty: Reduced price school lunch program” – How many school-age children are from low-income families?

Dig deeper:

· Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

· Download data for your county or state to view the total population who are food insecure.

· Take a Big Picture view of your county.

Source: 2016: Map the Meal Gap, (; DATE LAST UPDATED: December 13, 2018.

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