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 Boise in 2016:
- the food insecure population made up 14 percent of the population and numbered 6,891.
- food insecure children made up 19 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 240.
In Boise in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 18 percent of the population and numbered 1,240.
- food insecure children made up 24 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 350.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Boise increased by 456 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 29 percent.