Families
Food Insecurity
Source: Feeding America
Food Insecurity Rate
2019
Arkansas County16%
Ashley County16%
Baxter County16%
Benton County12%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas16%
Bradley County17%
Calhoun County14%
Carroll County14%
Chicot County21%
Clark County17%
Clay County20%
Cleburne County16%
Cleveland County17%
Columbia County18%
Conway County18%
Craighead County16%
Crawford County17%
Crittenden County16%
Cross County17%
Dallas County16%
Desha County19%
Drew County16%
Faulkner County15%
Franklin County20%
Fulton County19%
Garland County17%
Grant County16%
Greene County18%
Hempstead County16%
Hot Spring County18%
Howard County16%
Independence County17%
Izard County19%
Jackson County22%
Jefferson County17%
Johnson County19%
Lafayette County19%
Lawrence County18%
Lee County18%
Lincoln County16%
Little River County16%
Logan County19%
Lonoke County14%
Madison County16%
Marion County18%
Miller County17%
Mississippi County20%
Monroe County20%
Montgomery County20%
Nevada County18%
Newton County17%
Ouachita County18%
Perry County18%
Phillips County23%
Pike County18%
Poinsett County20%
Polk County20%
Pope County17%
Prairie County17%
Pulaski County15%
Randolph County19%
Saline County12%
Scott County19%
Searcy County20%
Sebastian County18%
Sevier County16%
Sharp County21%
St. Francis County18%
Stone County20%
Union County16%
Van Buren County19%
Washington County14%
White County17%
Woodruff County21%
Yell County16%

Source: Feeding America




Food Insecure Households
2019
Arkansas County2,940
Ashley County3,280
Baxter County6,690
Benton County31,180
Boone County6,000
Bowie County, Texas15,100
Bradley County1,890
Calhoun County720
Carroll County4,010
Chicot County2,250
Clark County3,800
Clay County3,040
Cleburne County4,100
Cleveland County1,370
Columbia County4,260
Conway County3,780
Craighead County17,140
Crawford County10,370
Crittenden County8,000
Cross County2,780
Dallas County1,170
Desha County2,240
Drew County2,970
Faulkner County18,870
Franklin County3,540
Fulton County2,340
Garland County17,110
Grant County2,800
Greene County8,050
Hempstead County3,470
Hot Spring County5,900
Howard County2,060
Independence County6,450
Izard County2,530
Jackson County3,660
Jefferson County11,520
Johnson County5,080
Lafayette County1,290
Lawrence County3,050
Lee County1,610
Lincoln County2,210
Little River County2,030
Logan County4,000
Lonoke County10,260
Madison County2,600
Marion County2,990
Miller County7,530
Mississippi County8,240
Monroe County1,400
Montgomery County1,770
Nevada County1,500
Newton County1,310
Ouachita County4,210
Perry County1,900
Phillips County4,220
Pike County1,880
Poinsett County4,660
Polk County4,020
Pope County10,940
Prairie County1,350
Pulaski County57,350
Randolph County3,280
Saline County14,850
Scott County1,930
Searcy County1,560
Sebastian County22,490
Sevier County2,790
Sharp County3,540
St. Francis County4,680
Stone County2,430
Union County6,150
Van Buren County3,170
Washington County33,140
White County13,180
Woodruff County1,340
Yell County3,510

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
2019

STATE TREND

Decreasing


17%

2019
1% = 30,117
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 2019, 17% of state residents were food insecure, the same rate since 2016. The national rate was 11% in 2019, making Arkansas 50th in the nation, including all 50 states and Washington D.C., second only to Mississippi on this indicator. Among counties in the state, food insecurity was highest in Phillips County at 23% 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
2013201420152016201720182019
Arkansas20%19%18%17%17%17%17%

Source: Feeding America




Food Insecure Households
2013201420152016201720182019
Arkansas584,270567,250549,070515,270518,960521,490499,950

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


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