Families
Food Insecurity
Source: Feeding America
Food Insecurity Rate
2018
Arkansas County19%
Ashley County20%
Baxter County16%
Benton County12%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas18%
Bradley County20%
Calhoun County17%
Carroll County14%
Chicot County24%
Clark County18%
Clay County20%
Cleburne County16%
Cleveland County18%
Columbia County20%
Conway County19%
Craighead County17%
Crawford County16%
Crittenden County19%
Cross County18%
Dallas County18%
Desha County22%
Drew County18%
Faulkner County16%
Franklin County19%
Fulton County20%
Garland County18%
Grant County15%
Greene County17%
Hempstead County18%
Hot Spring County18%
Howard County17%
Independence County17%
Izard County18%
Jackson County21%
Jefferson County20%
Johnson County19%
Lafayette County20%
Lawrence County19%
Lee County22%
Lincoln County19%
Little River County18%
Logan County18%
Lonoke County14%
Madison County16%
Marion County19%
Miller County19%
Mississippi County22%
Monroe County22%
Montgomery County19%
Nevada County21%
Newton County16%
Ouachita County20%
Perry County18%
Phillips County26%
Pike County18%
Poinsett County19%
Polk County20%
Pope County17%
Prairie County17%
Pulaski County17%
Randolph County18%
Saline County13%
Scott County19%
Searcy County19%
Sebastian County18%
Sevier County16%
Sharp County20%
St. Francis County22%
Stone County20%
Union County18%
Van Buren County19%
Washington County14%
White County17%
Woodruff County22%
Yell County16%

Source: Feeding America




Food Insecure Households
2018
Arkansas County3,500
Ashley County4,030
Baxter County6,720
Benton County30,160
Boone County5,930
Bowie County, Texas16,460
Bradley County2,140
Calhoun County880
Carroll County4,000
Chicot County2,590
Clark County3,920
Clay County3,000
Cleburne County4,050
Cleveland County1,440
Columbia County4,740
Conway County3,870
Craighead County17,790
Crawford County9,970
Crittenden County9,470
Cross County3,010
Dallas County1,330
Desha County2,640
Drew County3,370
Faulkner County19,080
Franklin County3,290
Fulton County2,400
Garland County17,320
Grant County2,760
Greene County7,740
Hempstead County4,020
Hot Spring County6,000
Howard County2,240
Independence County6,320
Izard County2,470
Jackson County3,600
Jefferson County14,120
Johnson County4,880
Lafayette County1,380
Lawrence County3,090
Lee County2,080
Lincoln County2,540
Little River County2,230
Logan County3,990
Lonoke County10,080
Madison County2,520
Marion County3,040
Miller County8,450
Mississippi County9,230
Monroe County1,620
Montgomery County1,680
Nevada County1,790
Newton County1,230
Ouachita County4,790
Perry County1,810
Phillips County4,870
Pike County1,970
Poinsett County4,630
Polk County3,940
Pope County10,700
Prairie County1,420
Pulaski County65,760
Randolph County3,130
Saline County15,190
Scott County1,950
Searcy County1,500
Sebastian County22,700
Sevier County2,700
Sharp County3,400
St. Francis County5,680
Stone County2,450
Union County7,170
Van Buren County3,140
Washington County31,560
White County13,200
Woodruff County1,430
Yell County3,540

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
2018

STATE TREND

Decreasing


17%

2018
1% = 30,144
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 2018, 17% of state residents were food insecure, down slightly from 20% in 2013. The national rate was 12% in 2018, making Arkansas tied with Alabama for 50th in the nation on this indicator (including the District of Columbia), with only Mississippi lower. Among counties in the state, food insecurity was highest in Phillips County at 26% and 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
201320142015201620172018
Arkansas20%19%18%17%17%17%

Source: Feeding America




Food Insecure Households
201320142015201620172018
Arkansas584,270567,250549,070515,270518,960521,490

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
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
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
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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