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.