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 Canyon in 2016:
- the food insecure population made up 12 percent of the population and numbered 202,782.
- food insecure children made up 18 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 10,770.
In Canyon in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 18 percent of the population and numbered 32,310.
- food insecure children made up 26 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 14,760.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Canyon increased by 528 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 24 percent.