Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Vermont

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

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 Vermont 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. Vermont has a child food insecurity rate of 11.8%, which ranks #12 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 Vermont.

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#14. Chittenden County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.5% (3,040 total)
--- 5.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 8.9% (14,470 total)
--- 2.9% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $9,799,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.21
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#13. Grand Isle County

- Child food insecurity rate: 10.5% (130 total)
--- 5.6% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 7.1% (500 total)
--- 4.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $279,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.47
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#12. Franklin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.0% (1,210 total)
--- 5.1% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 9.1% (4,500 total)
--- 2.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,877,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.97
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#11. Addison County

- Child food insecurity rate: 11.6% (710 total)
--- 4.5% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 8.3% (3,070 total)
--- 3.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,141,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.33
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#10. Windsor County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.7% (1,270 total)
--- 3.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 9.4% (5,170 total)
--- 2.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $3,723,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.47
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#9. Orange County

- Child food insecurity rate: 12.9% (680 total)
--- 3.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 9.0% (2,600 total)
--- 2.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,792,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.28
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#8. Washington County

- Child food insecurity rate: 13.8% (1,500 total)
--- 2.3% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 9.3% (5,440 total)
--- 2.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $3,726,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.25
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#7. Rutland County

- Child food insecurity rate: 14.9% (1,540 total)
--- 1.2% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 11.0% (6,430 total)
--- 0.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $4,157,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.02
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#6. Bennington County

- Child food insecurity rate: 15.7% (1,060 total)
--- 0.4% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 11.3% (4,040 total)
--- 0.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,453,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.77
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#5. Caledonia County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.0% (920 total)
--- 0.1% lower than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 10.8% (3,260 total)
--- 1.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,132,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.06
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#4. Orleans County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.4% (920 total)
--- 1.3% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 12.0% (3,210 total)
--- 0.2% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,901,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.68
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#3. Lamoille County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.6% (910 total)
--- 1.5% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 11.2% (2,830 total)
--- 0.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,998,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.39
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#2. Windham County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.9% (1,360 total)
--- 1.8% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 12.1% (5,140 total)
--- 0.3% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $3,358,000
--- Cost per meal: $4.06
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#1. Essex County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.5% (220 total)
--- 4.4% higher than national average
- Food insecurity rate: 12.2% (750 total)
--- 0.4% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $444,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.68

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