Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Arkansas

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April 29, 2022
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Arkansas

Food insecurity is a widespread problem in the United States, with people experiencing food insecurity in every single county in the nation. The nonprofit Feeding America describes food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

Food insecurity hits children particularly hard. The USDA estimates that more than 5.3 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic put further strain on households already experiencing food hardship, with Feeding America estimating that 13 million children may experience food insecurity in 2021—that’s one in six children. Not having consistent access to enough food can affect cognitive abilities, overall health, moods, and attention spans—not to mention the psychological effects of living with scarcity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Arkansas with the highest rate of food insecure children using data from Feeding America. Counties are ranked by highest percent of children with food insecurity as of 2019.

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#50. Scott County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 590
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 100.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 0.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.6%
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#49. Prairie County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 83.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 17.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.5%
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#48. Arkansas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 920
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.4%
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#47. Drew County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 920
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 56.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 45.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.1%
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#46. Randolph County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 940
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 96.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 4.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.5%

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#45. Perry County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 530
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 71.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 29.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.3%
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#44. Greene County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,510
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 84.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.9%
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#43. Hot Spring County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,570
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 80.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 21.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.6%
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#42. Marion County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 700
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 89.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 12.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.2%
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#41. Stone County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 580
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 99.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 1.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.5%

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#40. Howard County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 820
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.5%
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#39. Little River County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 650
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 67.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 33.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.4%
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#38. Union County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,260
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 60.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 40.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.6%
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#37. Dallas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.0%
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#36. Cleveland County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 430
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.8%

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#35. Johnson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,520
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 95.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 5.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.3%
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#34. Clark County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,020
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.0%
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#33. Polk County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,130
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 96.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 4.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.0%
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#32. Calhoun County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 230
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.9%
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#31. Searcy County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 390
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 94.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 6.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.7%

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#30. Franklin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,030
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.0%
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#29. Conway County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,170
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 87.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 13.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.1%
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#28. Garland County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,850
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.4%
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#27. Lincoln County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 500
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.4%
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#26. Logan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,160
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 95.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 5.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.5%

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#25. Fulton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 630
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 15.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.1%
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#24. Hempstead County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.9%
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#23. Bradley County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 650
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.3%
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#22. Miller County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,610
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.3%
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#21. Van Buren County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 840
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 93.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 7.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.1%

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#20. Clay County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 840
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 92.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 9.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.4%
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#19. Poinsett County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,480
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.5%
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#18. Montgomery County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 440
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 88.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 13.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.8%
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#17. Crittenden County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,590
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 56.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 44.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.4%
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#16. Izard County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 660
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 86.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 14.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.6%

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#15. Columbia County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,380
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 57.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 43.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.9%
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#14. Lee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 460
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 50.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 50.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.5%
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#13. Nevada County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 540
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 28.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.0%
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#12. St. Francis County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,700
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 57.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 44.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.1%
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#11. Mississippi County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,170
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 65.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 35.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.6%

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#10. Ouachita County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,560
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 62.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 38.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.6%
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#9. Jefferson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,420
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 50.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 50.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.6%
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#8. Sharp County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,050
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 100.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 0.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.7%
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#7. Lafayette County

- Child food insecurity rate: 30.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.9%
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#6. Jackson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 30.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,060
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 83.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 17.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 21.5%

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#5. Woodruff County

- Child food insecurity rate: 31.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 440
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 56.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 45.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.5%
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#4. Desha County

- Child food insecurity rate: 32.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 960
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 58.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 42.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.1%
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#3. Monroe County

- Child food insecurity rate: 35.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 520
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 53.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 47.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.9%
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#2. Chicot County

- Child food insecurity rate: 36.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 850
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 35.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 21.2%
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#1. Phillips County

- Child food insecurity rate: 38.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,850
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 54.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 46.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 22.7%

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