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 a 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 11.8 percent of American households were food insecure in 2017, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
  • About 58 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) and Oklahoma (6th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2015-2017, while Kansas and Missouri also rank among the 20 most food-insecure states.
  • 7.9 percent of all households with elderly members experienced food-insecurity in 2017.

Nationwide Child Hunger

  • 15.7 percent of all households with children under age 18 experienced food-insecurity in 2017.
  • 30.3 percent of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2017.
  • 19.7 percent of households with children headed by a single man experienced food-insecurity in 2017.
  • In July 2017, only 15 children received summer lunch for every 100 low-income children who received lunch in the 2016-2017 school year.

Local Child Hunger

  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Arkansas is just 10.7 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Kansas is just 9.6 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Missouri is just 8.8 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Oklahoma is just 4.7 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Sources:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/90023/err-256.pdf?v=0
http://www.frac.org/programs/summer-nutrition-programs

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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 a 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 11.8 percent of American households were food insecure in 2017, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
  • About 58 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) and Oklahoma (6th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2015-2017, while Kansas and Missouri also rank among the 20 most food-insecure states.
  • 7.9 percent of all households with elderly members experienced food-insecurity in 2017.

Nationwide Child Hunger

  • 15.7 percent of all households with children under age 18 experienced food-insecurity in 2017.
  • 30.3 percent of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2017.
  • 19.7 percent of households with children headed by a single man experienced food-insecurity in 2017.
  • In July 2017, only 15 children received summer lunch for every 100 low-income children who received lunch in the 2016-2017 school year.

Local Child Hunger

  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Arkansas is just 10.7 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Kansas is just 9.6 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Missouri is just 8.8 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Oklahoma is just 4.7 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Sources:
https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/90023/err-256.pdf?v=0
http://www.frac.org/programs/summer-nutrition-programs