Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in North Dakota

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September 13, 2022
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in North Dakota

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 5.5 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2021. 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 North Dakota 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 2020. North Dakota has a child food insecurity rate of 8.1%, which ranks #1 lowest among all states.

States with the highest rate of food insecure children
#1. Louisiana: 21.5%
#2. New Mexico: 20.5%
#3. Mississippi: 20.4%
#4. Alabama: 19.8%
#5. Arkansas: 19.7%

States with the lowest rate of food insecure children
#1. North Dakota: 8.1%
#2. Massachusetts: 8.8%
#3. New Jersey: 9.0%
#4. Minnesota: 9.3%
#5. New Hampshire: 9.5%

Read on to see where food insecurity is most prevalent in North Dakota.

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#53. Logan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 4.6% (20 total)
--- 11.5% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.1% (50 total)
--- 8.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $25,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#52. Dickey County

- Child food insecurity rate: 4.7% (50 total)
--- 11.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 2.7% (130 total)
--- 9.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $67,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#51. Billings County

- Child food insecurity rate: 5.1% (10 total)
--- 11.0% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.4% (50 total)
--- 6.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $27,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#50. Traill County

- Child food insecurity rate: 5.2% (90 total)
--- 10.9% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 2.8% (230 total)
--- 9.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $118,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#49. Bowman County

- Child food insecurity rate: 5.3% (40 total)
--- 10.8% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 2.6% (80 total)
--- 9.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $43,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#48. Griggs County

- Child food insecurity rate: 5.7% (30 total)
--- 10.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 2.8% (60 total)
--- 9.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $31,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#47. Foster County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.1% (40 total)
--- 10.0% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.5% (140 total)
--- 7.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $71,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#46. Sargent County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.2% (50 total)
--- 9.9% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.4% (130 total)
--- 8.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $71,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.38
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#45. Slope County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.2% (10 total)
--- 9.9% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.6% (30 total)
--- 8.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $16,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#44. Renville County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.5% (40 total)
--- 9.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.2% (80 total)
--- 8.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $43,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#43. McLean County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.7% (140 total)
--- 9.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.7% (360 total)
--- 8.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $184,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.18
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#42. Divide County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.8% (30 total)
--- 9.3% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.0% (90 total)
--- 7.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $50,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.46
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#41. Morton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 6.8% (480 total)
--- 9.3% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.0% (1,240 total)
--- 7.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $635,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.18
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#40. Burleigh County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.3% (1,620 total)
--- 8.8% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.2% (4,010 total)
--- 7.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,128,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30
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#39. Grant County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.4% (40 total)
--- 8.7% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.4% (100 total)
--- 7.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $51,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.18
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#38. Steele County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.7% (30 total)
--- 8.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.5% (60 total)
--- 8.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $31,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#37. Towner County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.8% (40 total)
--- 8.3% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.9% (110 total)
--- 6.9% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $59,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#36. Burke County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.9% (40 total)
--- 8.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.5% (70 total)
--- 8.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $39,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.46
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#35. Dunn County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.9% (80 total)
--- 8.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.2% (180 total)
--- 7.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $97,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#34. Emmons County

- Child food insecurity rate: 7.9% (50 total)
--- 8.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.4% (180 total)
--- 6.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $96,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30
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#33. Golden Valley County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.0% (30 total)
--- 8.1% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 3.8% (70 total)
--- 8.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $38,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#32. McIntosh County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.3% (40 total)
--- 7.8% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.2% (130 total)
--- 6.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $66,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#31. Richland County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.3% (300 total)
--- 7.8% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.3% (870 total)
--- 6.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $480,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.43
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#30. McHenry County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.5% (120 total)
--- 7.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.0% (290 total)
--- 6.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $155,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#29. Wells County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.5% (70 total)
--- 7.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.3% (200 total)
--- 6.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $106,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30
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#28. Sheridan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.6% (20 total)
--- 7.5% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.6% (60 total)
--- 7.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $32,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30
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#27. Pembina County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.9% (130 total)
--- 7.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.0% (340 total)
--- 6.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $175,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#26. Pierce County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.9% (80 total)
--- 7.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.2% (210 total)
--- 6.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $112,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#25. Walsh County

- Child food insecurity rate: 8.9% (220 total)
--- 7.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.1% (540 total)
--- 6.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $278,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#24. Adams County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.0% (50 total)
--- 7.1% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 6.4% (150 total)
--- 5.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $81,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#23. Cavalier County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.0% (70 total)
--- 7.1% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.2% (200 total)
--- 6.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $103,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#22. Barnes County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.3% (190 total)
--- 6.8% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.7% (500 total)
--- 7.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $254,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#21. Cass County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.4% (3,800 total)
--- 6.7% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.4% (9,750 total)
--- 6.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $5,309,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.38
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#20. Hettinger County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.5% (50 total)
--- 6.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.8% (120 total)
--- 7.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $65,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#19. LaMoure County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.5% (90 total)
--- 6.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.0% (210 total)
--- 6.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $107,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#18. Ward County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.8% (1,590 total)
--- 6.3% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.6% (3,880 total)
--- 6.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,074,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#17. Stark County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.1% (840 total)
--- 6.0% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 6.4% (1,990 total)
--- 5.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,078,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36
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#16. Grand Forks County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.2% (1,510 total)
--- 5.9% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 6.6% (4,670 total)
--- 5.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,402,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#15. Ransom County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.2% (110 total)
--- 5.9% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.7% (300 total)
--- 6.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $163,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.38
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#14. Oliver County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.4% (50 total)
--- 5.7% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.8% (90 total)
--- 7.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $46,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.18
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#13. Bottineau County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.5% (140 total)
--- 5.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.7% (370 total)
--- 6.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $198,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#12. Kidder County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.7% (60 total)
--- 5.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 5.3% (130 total)
--- 6.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $69,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30
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#11. Mercer County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.7% (200 total)
--- 5.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 4.3% (360 total)
--- 7.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $184,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.18
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#10. Stutsman County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.7% (450 total)
--- 5.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 7.1% (1,470 total)
--- 4.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $748,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#9. Eddy County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.5% (60 total)
--- 4.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 7.3% (160 total)
--- 4.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $81,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#8. Nelson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.0% (60 total)
--- 4.1% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 6.8% (200 total)
--- 5.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $103,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#7. Mountrail County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.2% (350 total)
--- 3.9% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 6.7% (690 total)
--- 5.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $369,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32
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#6. McKenzie County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.5% (560 total)
--- 3.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 7.0% (960 total)
--- 4.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $534,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.46
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#5. Williams County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.9% (1,440 total)
--- 2.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 6.8% (2,440 total)
--- 5.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,358,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.46
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#4. Ramsey County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.3% (410 total)
--- 0.8% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 9.6% (1,100 total)
--- 2.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $566,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.19
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#3. Sioux County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.9% (320 total)
--- 4.8% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 14.8% (640 total)
--- 3.0% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $340,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30
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#2. Benson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.2% (560 total)
--- 8.1% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 15.1% (1,040 total)
--- 3.3% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $529,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.16
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#1. Rolette County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.7% (1,310 total)
--- 10.6% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 16.0% (2,310 total)
--- 4.2% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,235,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.32

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