Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in California

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

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 California 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. Sonoma County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 10,230
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 8.7%
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#49. Ventura County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 20,380
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 72.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 28.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 7.8%
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#48. Contra Costa County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 27,230
- 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: 7.6%
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#47. San Benito County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,660
- 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: 7.0%
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#46. San Luis Obispo County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 5,370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.1%

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#45. Mono County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 310
- 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: 8.7%
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#44. El Dorado County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,350
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 51.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 50.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.0%
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#43. Santa Barbara County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 11,640
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 82.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.2%
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#42. San Diego County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 84,370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 70.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.2%
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#41. Inyo County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 450
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 70.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.0%

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#40. Santa Cruz County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 6,700
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.1%
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#39. Yolo County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 5,830
- 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: 10.7%
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#38. Solano County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 13,100
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 59.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 41.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 8.5%
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#37. Nevada County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,330
- 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: 10.4%
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#36. Riverside County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 83,430
- 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: 9.0%

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#35. Los Angeles County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 321,690
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.7%
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#34. Monterey County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 16,650
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 89.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 11.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.1%
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#33. San Bernardino County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 85,080
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 72.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 28.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.6%
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#32. Sacramento County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 57,060
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.0%
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#31. Amador County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 940
- 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: 10.7%

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#30. Tuolumne County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,510
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 52.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 48.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.7%
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#29. Stanislaus County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 24,970
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 79.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 21.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.8%
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#28. San Joaquin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 34,190
- 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: 11.5%
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#27. Plumas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 540
- 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: 13.4%
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#26. Sierra County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 80
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 59.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 41.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.6%

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#25. Yuba County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,850
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 70.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.2%
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#24. Humboldt County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,760
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.8%
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#23. Glenn County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,370
- 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: 13.6%
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#22. Calaveras County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,460
- 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: 11.8%
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#21. Butte County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 8,510
- 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: 14.4%

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#20. Lassen County

- Child food insecurity rate: 18.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 870
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 63.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 37.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.3%
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#19. Mendocino County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,580
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 82.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 18.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.7%
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#18. Alpine County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 40
- 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: 13.1%
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#17. Sutter County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,930
- 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: 13.7%
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#16. Madera County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 8,530
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 80.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.6%

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#15. Kings County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 8,230
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 80.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.4%
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#14. Shasta County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 7,900
- 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: 14.5%
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#13. Kern County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 53,350
- 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: 13.7%
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#12. Lake County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,800
- 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: 15.0%
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#11. Merced County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 17,350
- 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: 14.3%

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#10. Colusa County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,280
- 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: 13.4%
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#9. Fresno County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 61,680
- 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: 14.7%
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#8. Mariposa County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 630
- 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: 14.1%
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#7. Modoc County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 390
- 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: 15.6%
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#6. Siskiyou County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,980
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.2%

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#5. Del Norte County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,350
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 79.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.8%
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#4. Tulare County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 32,950
- 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: 15.6%
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#3. Tehama County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,600
- 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: 15.9%
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#2. Trinity County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 520
- 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: 15.9%
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#1. Imperial County

- Child food insecurity rate: 31.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 16,060
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 80.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.1%

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