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. With your help, this year we raised over 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.

  • An estimated 12.3% of American households (15.6 million households) were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2016, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
  • About 59% 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 (5th) and Oklahoma (8th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2014-2016.
  • 7.8% of all seniors (Over age 60) or 5.4 million are estimated to be food insecure.

Child Hunger in the USA

  • Households with children report higher rates of food insecurity at 16.5%.
  • 31.6% of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2016.
  • Nationally, only 1 out of 7 children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year were reached by the Summer Nutrition Program in 2016.
  • Food banks report many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at school during the summer, and donations also tend to be lower in the spring and summer months.

Local Child Hunger

  • Arkansas – 78% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Down 20.9% from 2014-2015.
  • Kansas – 59% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Up 10.4% from 2014-2015.
  • Missouri – 65% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Up 7.4% from 2014-2015.
  • Oklahoma – 74% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Down 9.3% from 2014-2015.

Sources:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=79760
http://frac.org/
http://www.feedingamerica.org/blue-iq/assets/pdfs/fact-sheets/poverty-and-hunger-fact-sheet.pdf

Hunger Facts - 1 Million Meals - Arvest
Thanks A Million!
Hunger Facts - 1 Million Meals - Arvest
Thanks for Helping Us Raise Over 1 Million Meals

More of our neighbors than you may realize are struggling daily with the challenge of feeding themselves and their families.

With your help, this year we raised over 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.

Hunger Facts

  • An estimated 12.3% of American households (15.6 million households) were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2016, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
  • About 59% 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 (5th) and Oklahoma (8th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2014-2016.
  • 7.8% of all seniors (Over age 60) or 5.4 million are estimated to be food insecure.

Child Hunger in the USA

  • Households with children report higher rates of food insecurity at 16.5%.
  • 31.6% of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2016.
  • Nationally, only 1 out of 7 children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year were reached by the Summer Nutrition Program in 2016.
  • Food banks report many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at school during the summer, and donations also tend to be lower in the spring and summer months.

Local Child Hunger

  • Arkansas - 78% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Down 20.9% from 2014-2015.
  • Kansas – 59% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Up 10.4% from 2014-2015.
  • Missouri – 65% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Up 7.4% from 2014-2015.
  • Oklahoma – 74% of students were free or reduced-price in the average daily National School Lunch Program participation during the 2015-2016 school year. Down 9.3% from 2014-2015.

Sources:
https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=79760
http://frac.org/
http://www.feedingamerica.org/blue-iq/assets/pdfs/fact-sheets/poverty-and-hunger-fact-sheet.pdf