Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Kentucky

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

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 Kentucky 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. Christian County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,090
- 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: 16.2%
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#49. Greenup County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,630
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 65.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 36.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.6%
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#48. Laurel County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,000
- 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: 17.2%
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#47. Ohio County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,290
- 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: 15.4%
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#46. Casey County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 780
- 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: 17.7%

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#45. Powell County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 650
- 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: 18.1%
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#44. Martin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 510
- 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: 19.2%
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#43. Monroe County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 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: 17.5%
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#42. Webster County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 670
- 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: 17.4%
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#41. Marion County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,030
- 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: 16.4%

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#40. Whitley County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,000
- 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: 18.5%
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#39. Lyon County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 260
- 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: 15.1%
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#38. Boyd County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,280
- 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: 17.0%
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#37. Bath County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 730
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 97.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 3.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.1%
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#36. Metcalfe County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 530
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 90.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 10.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.6%

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#35. Carroll County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 630
- 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: 16.1%
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#34. Johnson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,170
- 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: 19.7%
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#33. Fleming County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 820
- 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: 17.1%
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#32. Clinton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 540
- 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: 18.4%
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#31. Barren County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,430
- 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: 17.6%

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#30. Rowan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,090
- 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: 18.8%
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#29. Morgan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 580
- 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: 18.3%
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#28. Grayson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,500
- 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: 18.0%
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#27. Wayne County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,090
- 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: 18.5%
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#26. Carter County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,540
- 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: 19.6%

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#25. Lawrence County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 960
- 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: 20.2%
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#24. Lewis County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 770
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 97.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 3.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.3%
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#23. Knox County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,910
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 88.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 12.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.9%
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#22. Perry County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,560
- 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: 20.8%
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#21. Pike County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,220
- 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: 19.7%

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#20. Robertson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 140
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 50.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 51.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.8%
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#19. Menifee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 370
- 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: 18.7%
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#18. Estill County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 850
- 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: 21.5%
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#17. McCreary County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,100
- 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: 21.8%
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#16. Nicholas County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 480
- 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: 19.9%

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#15. Owsley County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 260
- 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: 23.4%
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#14. Elliott County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 400
- 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: 22.4%
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#13. Jackson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 870
- 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: 22.7%
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#12. Floyd County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,280
- 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: 22.4%
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#11. Fulton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 400
- 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: 19.4%

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#10. Wolfe County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 490
- 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: 24.8%
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#9. Lee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 30.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 430
- 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: 23.8%
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#8. Knott County

- Child food insecurity rate: 31.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 970
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 97.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 3.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 23.1%
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#7. Bell County

- Child food insecurity rate: 31.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,810
- 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: 24.8%
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#6. Clay County

- Child food insecurity rate: 31.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,380
- 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: 24.7%

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#5. Letcher County

- Child food insecurity rate: 32.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,550
- 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: 24.0%
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#4. Breathitt County

- Child food insecurity rate: 32.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 860
- 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: 25.3%
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#3. Magoffin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 32.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 940
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 90.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 10.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 24.8%
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#2. Leslie County

- Child food insecurity rate: 33.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 730
- 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: 25.9%
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#1. Harlan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 35.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,150
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 26.6%

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