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 Jerome in 2016:
- the food insecure population made up 10 percent of the population and numbered 22,694.
- food insecure children made up 15 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,070.
In Jerome in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 15 percent of the population and numbered 3,220.
- food insecure children made up 24 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,560.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Jerome increased by 605 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 29 percent.