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 2017:
- the food insecure population made up 12 percent of the population and numbered 210,420.
- food insecure children made up 16 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 69,920.
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 2017, the food insecure population in Idaho decreased by 21 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 21 percent.