Hunger is a problem that plagues every county in Indiana. In Indiana, 1 in 6 Hoosiers is food insecure. The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
Hunger in Indiana:
- 14.8% of Indiana households were food insecure in 2015 (Source: USDA-ERS, 2016)
- 15.3% of the population and 21.2% of children in Indiana were food insecure in 2014 (Source: Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap)
- 21% of Marion County residents use some sort of food assistance (SNAP, WIC, food pantries, congregate meals, etc.)
- 6% of Marion County residents have unmet need for food. Families with children comprise almost half (48%) of those with unmet needs. (Source: Indy Hunger Network Unmet Need Study, 2014).