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 Nez Perce in 2017:
- the food insecure population made up 13 percent of the population and numbered 5,260.
- food insecure children made up 17 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,430.
In Nez Perce in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 15 percent of the population and numbered 5,680.
- food insecure children made up 19 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,610.
Between 2010 and 2017, the food insecure population in Nez Perce decreased by 7 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 10 percent.