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 Lincoln in 2018:
- the food insecure population made up 10 percent of the population and numbered 550.
- food insecure children made up 13 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 210.
In Lincoln in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 19 percent of the population and numbered 930.
- food insecure children made up 26 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 360.
Between 2010 and 2018, the food insecure population in Lincoln decreased by 41 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 28 percent.