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Owyhee: Food insecurity

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 Owyhee in 2018:
  • the food insecure population made up 13 percent of the population and numbered 1,540.
  • food insecure children made up 17 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 530. 
In Owyhee in 2010:
  • the food insecure population made up 15 percent of the population and numbered 1,690.
  • food insecure children made up 25 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 830.
Between 2010 and 2018, the food insecure population in Owyhee decreased by 9 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 19 percent.

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

Ask questions:

· Are overall and child food security rates increasing or decreasing over time?

· How do your county’s overall and child food insecurity rates compare to the state or national rate?

Look at other indicators:

· “Income and poverty: Poverty rate, overall” – How does the food insecurity rate compare to the overall poverty rate?

· “Income and poverty: Reduced price school lunch program” – How many school-age children are from low-income families?

Dig deeper:

· Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

· Download data for your county or state to view the total population who are food insecure.

· Take a Big Picture view of your county.

Source: 2010-2018: Map the Meal Gap, (; DATE LAST UPDATED: June 23, 2020.

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