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 Gooding in 2016:
- the food insecure population made up 10 percent of the population and numbered 15,157.
- food insecure children made up 16 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 680.
In Gooding in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 15 percent of the population and numbered 2,210.
- food insecure children made up 22 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 960.
Between 2010 and 2016, the food insecure population in Gooding increased by 586 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 18 percent.