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Blaine: 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 Blaine in 2016:
  • the food insecure population made up 10 percent of the population and numbered 21,427.
  • food insecure children made up 17 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 830. 
In Blaine in 2010:
  • the food insecure population made up 15 percent of the population and numbered 3,090.
  • food insecure children made up 20 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,020.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Blaine increased by 593 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 23 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, (http://www.feedingamerica.org/); DATE LAST UPDATED: December 13, 2018.




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