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 2019, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
  • In 2019, the typical food-secure household spent 24 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition.
  • Oklahoma (5th) and Arkansas (7th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2017-2019, while Missouri and Kansas also rank among the 21 most food-insecure states.

Nationwide Child Hunger

  • 13.6 percent of U.S. households with children under age 18 experienced food-insecurity in 2019.
  • 14.5 percent of households with children under age 6 experienced food-insecurity in 2019.
  • 28.7 percent of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2019.
  • 15.4 percent of households with children headed by a single man experienced food-insecurity in 2019.

Local Child Hunger

  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Arkansas is just 11.1 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 9.5 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 9.0 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 4.9 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Sources:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/99282/err-275.pdf?v=9819.8
https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/FRAC-Summer-Nutrition-Report-2020.pdf

Hunger Facts - Million Meals - Arvest
Hunger Facts
Hunger Facts - Million Meals - Arvest
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 2019, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
  • In 2019, the typical food-secure household spent 24 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition.
  • Oklahoma (5th) and Arkansas (7th) rank among the most food-insecure states in the nation, based on average rates from 2017-2019, while Missouri and Kansas also rank among the 21 most food-insecure states.

Nationwide Child Hunger

  • 13.6 percent of U.S. households with children under age 18 experienced food-insecurity in 2019.
  • 14.5 percent of households with children under age 6 experienced food-insecurity in 2019.
  • 28.7 percent of households with children headed by a single woman experienced food-insecurity in 2019.
  • 15.4 percent of households with children headed by a single man experienced food-insecurity in 2019.

Local Child Hunger

  • The average daily student participation in the Summer Nutrition Program in Arkansas is just 11.1 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 9.5 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 9.0 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 4.9 percent of the average daily student participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Sources:
https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/99282/err-275.pdf?v=9819.8
https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/FRAC-Summer-Nutrition-Report-2020.pdf