Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Idaho

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September 19, 2021
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Idaho

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 Idaho 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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#44. Teton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 3.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 100
- 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: 5.0%
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#43. Jefferson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 740
- 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: 6.6%
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#42. Ada County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 9,570
- 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: 8.8%
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#41. Bonneville County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,620
- 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: 9.5%
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#40. Valley County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 190
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 93.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 8.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.3%

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#39. Caribou County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 220
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 71.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 9.0%
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#38. Latah County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 810
- 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: 11.4%
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#37. Franklin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 490
- 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: 9.1%
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#36. Oneida County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 150
- 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: 10.2%
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#35. Fremont County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 390
- 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: 9.6%

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#34. Bingham County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,610
- 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: 9.4%
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#33. Clark County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 30
- 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: 6.9%
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#32. Cassia County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 870
- 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: 9.7%
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#31. Canyon County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 7,230
- 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: 10.2%
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#30. Blaine County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 590
- 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: 8.9%

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#29. Power County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 280
- 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: 9.4%
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#28. Twin Falls County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,880
- 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: 10.8%
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#27. Gooding County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 520
- 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: 10.4%
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#26. Madison County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,330
- 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: 12.6%
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#25. Boise County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 160
- 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: 10.1%

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#24. Minidoka County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 750
- 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: 10.3%
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#23. Lincoln County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 200
- 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: 9.7%
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#22. Payette County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 800
- 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: 11.2%
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#21. Elmore County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 890
- 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: 12.2%
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#20. Nez Perce County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,140
- 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: 11.3%

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#19. Bannock County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,070
- 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: 12.1%
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#18. Kootenai County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,940
- 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: 10.8%
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#17. Jerome County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,000
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 71.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.7%
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#16. Butte County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 80
- 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: 12.1%
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#15. Owyhee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 460
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.8%

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#14. Bear Lake County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 240
- 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: 11.8%
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#13. Camas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 40
- 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: 11.1%
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#12. Bonner County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,380
- 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: 12.5%
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#11. Lemhi County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 240
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.2%
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#10. Washington County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 380
- 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: 12.4%

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#9. Idaho County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 540
- 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: 13.8%
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#8. Gem County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 690
- 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: 13.5%
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#7. Clearwater County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 250
- 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: 14.0%
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#6. Adams County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 130
- 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: 13.5%
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#5. Boundary County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 530
- 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: 13.5%

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#4. Lewis County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 170
- 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: 16.2%
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#3. Benewah County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 430
- 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: 15.2%
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#2. Custer County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 140
- 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: 15.5%
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#1. Shoshone County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 640
- 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: 17.7%

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