Thursday, August 25, 2011

Study: Nearly One in Four Idaho Children Food Insecure

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Too many children still go to bed hungry in Idaho. That's the conclusion of the latest study tracking food insecurity in the United States.

According to Map the Meal Gap 2009, 23.4 percent of children in Idaho are food insecure. Simply put, 95,150 or nearly one in four children are at risk of hunger. The number represents a 43 percent increase from the last study of Idaho childhood food insecurity. In Ada County, it is 20.9 percent or 20,150 kids. In Canyon County, it is 28.3 percent or 15,760 kids. Valley County had the highest rate of food insecurity for children: 33.4 percent.

A study released in March found that 15.8 percent or 206,000 Idahoans of all ages were food insecure.

A house is food insecure if there isn't access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

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