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Where children in Hawaii experience food insecurity

Where children in Hawaii experience food insecurity
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Food insecurity is a nationwide problem that varies by state, province, age, ethnic group. The nonprofit organization Feeding America estimates that 1 in 6 children in the US may experience food insecurity. In Hawaii, more than 50,000 children fell into this group in 2020, according to the nonprofit’s latest report. The average cost per meal was $3.79.

Food insecurity estimates in 2020 for the total population and children in several counties include state and local data from the US Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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This list ranks Hawaii’s counties by the highest percentage of children with food insecurity in 2020. It also includes overall food insecurity rate, annual food budget deficit, and cost per meal.

#1. Maui County

  • Food insecurity in children: 27.2% (9,890 total)
  • Overall food insecurity rate: 15.6% (25,980 total)
  • Annual Food Budget Shortage: $18,403,000
  • Cost per meal: $4.40

#2. Hawaii County

  • Food insecurity in children: 25.7% (11,110 total)
  • Overall food insecurity rate: 14.5% (29,120 total)
  • Annual Food Budget Shortage: $19.91 million
  • Cost per meal: $4.25

#3. Kauai County

  • Food insecurity in children: 25.7% (4,030 in total)
  • Overall food insecurity rate: 14.2% (10,250 total)
  • Annual Food Budget Shortage: $6,375,000
  • Cost per meal: $3.86

#4. Kalawao County

  • Food insecurity in children: 21.4% (0 total)
  • Overall food insecurity rate: 13.4% (60 total)
  • Annual Food Budget Shortage: $43,000
  • Cost per meal: $4.40

#5. Honolulu County

  • Food insecurity in children: 21.2% (43,860 total)
  • Overall food insecurity rate: 12.2% (119,100 total)
  • Annual Food Budget Shortage: $76,255,000
  • Cost per meal: $3.98

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Feeding America is a non-profit organization based in the US that serves as a network of more than 200 food banks feeding more than 46 million people. Since 2011, they have conducted an annual Map the Meal Gap study to understand food insecurity and food costs at local level.

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