1 Million Meals

Hunger Facts

More of your neighbors than you may realize are struggling daily with the challenge of feeding themselves and their families. Children are especially vulnerable during the summer months when they are out of school and not receiving free or reduced lunches through their school. With your help, we aim to raise one million meals to fill the bellies of your neighbors and increase awareness of the local need for food. Food insecurity is an issue in all four states Arvest serves – Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Prevalence of Hunger

  • An estimated 12.7 percent of American households (15.8 million households) were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2015, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
  • About 59 percent of food-insecure households reported that, in the previous month, they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal nutrition assistance programs.
  • Arkansas (2nd), Oklahoma (10th) and Missouri (12th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2013-2015.
  • 8.3 percent of all households with elderly members experienced food insecurity in 2015.

Nationwide Child Hunger

  • 16.6 percent of all households with children experienced food insecurity in 2015.
  • 30.3 percent of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food insecurity in 2015.
  • 22.4 percent of households with children headed by a single man experienced food insecurity in 2015.
  • Nationally, only one out of six children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year continues to receive meals during the summer months.

Local Child Hunger

  • Arkansas’ average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program during the 2014-2015 school year was 317,789. Of those, 244,281 were free and reduced-price students.
  • Kansas’ average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program during the 2014-2015 school year was 341,540. Of those, 202,750 were free and reduced-price students.
  • Missouri’s average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program during the 2014-2015 school year was 597,953. Of those, 386,816 were free and reduced-price students.
  • Oklahoma’s average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program during the 2014-2015 school year was 435,228. Of those, 314,243 were free and reduced-price students.

Sources:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=79760
http://frac.org/

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