Families
Food Insecurity
Source: Feeding America
Food Insecurity Rate
2015
Arkansas County20%
Ashley County21%
Baxter County16%
Benton County12%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas24%
Bradley County21%
Calhoun County18%
Carroll County14%
Chicot County28%
Clark County21%
Clay County18%
Cleburne County16%
Cleveland County18%
Columbia County24%
Conway County19%
Craighead County19%
Crawford County15%
Crittenden County26%
Cross County21%
Dallas County22%
Desha County28%
Drew County24%
Faulkner County17%
Franklin County17%
Fulton County17%
Garland County18%
Grant County15%
Greene County17%
Hempstead County21%
Hot Spring County18%
Howard County18%
Independence County18%
Izard County18%
Jackson County22%
Jefferson County27%
Johnson County16%
Lafayette County24%
Lawrence County19%
Lee County28%
Lincoln County22%
Little River County19%
Logan County17%
Lonoke County15%
Madison County15%
Marion County16%
Miller County20%
Mississippi County26%
Monroe County26%
Montgomery County16%
Nevada County22%
Newton County16%
Ouachita County24%
Perry County16%
Phillips County31%
Pike County17%
Poinsett County20%
Polk County17%
Pope County17%
Prairie County19%
Pulaski County21%
Randolph County18%
Saline County13%
Scott County15%
Searcy County17%
Sebastian County17%
Sevier County13%
Sharp County18%
St. Francis County27%
Stone County18%
Union County21%
Van Buren County18%
Washington County15%
White County18%
Woodruff County23%
Yell County14%

Source: Feeding America




Food Insecure Households
2015
Arkansas County3,710
Ashley County4,350
Baxter County6,470
Benton County28,340
Boone County6,030
Bowie County, Texas21,930
Bradley County2,350
Calhoun County950
Carroll County3,720
Chicot County3,170
Clark County4,810
Clay County2,790
Cleburne County4,090
Cleveland County1,520
Columbia County5,700
Conway County3,980
Craighead County19,120
Crawford County9,400
Crittenden County12,860
Cross County3,590
Dallas County1,750
Desha County3,440
Drew County4,530
Faulkner County20,380
Franklin County3,080
Fulton County2,030
Garland County17,530
Grant County2,620
Greene County7,350
Hempstead County4,570
Hot Spring County5,890
Howard County2,490
Independence County6,470
Izard County2,350
Jackson County3,900
Jefferson County19,460
Johnson County4,100
Lafayette County1,740
Lawrence County3,190
Lee County2,750
Lincoln County3,050
Little River County2,400
Logan County3,720
Lonoke County10,400
Madison County2,390
Marion County2,620
Miller County8,900
Mississippi County11,530
Monroe County2,030
Montgomery County1,500
Nevada County1,950
Newton County1,270
Ouachita County5,990
Perry County1,610
Phillips County6,350
Pike County1,830
Poinsett County4,770
Polk County3,390
Pope County10,440
Prairie County1,570
Pulaski County80,080
Randolph County3,220
Saline County14,990
Scott County1,680
Searcy County1,360
Sebastian County21,860
Sevier County2,160
Sharp County3,100
St. Francis County7,270
Stone County2,280
Union County8,580
Van Buren County2,980
Washington County33,050
White County13,830
Woodruff County1,620
Yell County3,030

Source: Feeding America
Notes: Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.



NATIONAL RANKING
50

OUT OF 51
2015

STATE TREND

Decreasing


18%

2015
1% = 29,841
People

What does this measure?

The percentage of households that lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and/or experience limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

Why is this important?

Food insecurity is one way to measure and asses the risk of hunger. Being food insecure is stressful, and food insecurity makes it difficult for children to learn and grow. Financially stressed families often need to choose between spending money on healthy food or other basic needs such as housing or health expenses.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015, 18% of state residents were food insecure, down slightly from 20% in 2013. The national rate was 13% in 2015, making Arkansas 50th in the nation on this indicator. Among counties in the state, food insecurity was highest in Phillips County at 31% at lowest in Benton County at 12%.

Notes about the data

Feeding America estimates the level of food insecurity in counties by analyzing the relationship between reported food insecurity and related indicators such as poverty, unemployment, homeownership at the state level, then applying that knowledge to generate estimates based on county data on poverty, unemployment and similar indicators.




Source: Feeding America


Food Insecurity Rate
201320142015
Arkansas20%19%18%

Source: Feeding America




Food Insecure Households
201320142015
Arkansas584,270567,250549,070

Source: Feeding America
Notes: Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.










INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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