Hunger Facts

Learn How Hunger Affects Your Community

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 meals through their school. With your help, we aim to raise a million meals or more 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 10.5 percent of American households were food insecure in 2020, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
  • In 2020, the typical food-secure household spent 18 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition.
  • Oklahoma (4th) and Arkansas (9th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2018-2020, while Missouri and Kansas also rank among the 20 most food-insecure states.

Nationwide Child Hunger

  • 14.8 percent of U.S. households with children under age 18 experienced food-insecurity in 2020.
  • 15.3 percent of households with children under age 6 experienced food-insecurity in 2020.
  • 27.7 percent of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2020.
  • 16.3 percent of households with children headed by a single man experienced food-insecurity in 2020.