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 Valley in 2016:
- the food insecure population made up 15 percent of the population and numbered 9,897.
- food insecure children made up 18 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 320.
In Valley in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 21 percent of the population and numbered 2,110.
- food insecure children made up 31 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 600.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Valley increased by 369 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 43 percent.