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 Latah in 2017:
- the food insecure population made up 17 percent of the population and numbered 6,480.
- food insecure children made up 17 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,220.
In Latah in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 18 percent of the population and numbered 6,440.
- food insecure children made up 21 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,380.
Between 2010 and 2017, the food insecure population in Latah increased by 1 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 10 percent.