Food Insecurity

From our Friends at OK Policy Institute:

Food Insecurity

Food security is defined as “ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.” The measure was introduced by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1996 to assess households’ ability to consistently obtain three nutritionally adequate meals a day. Households can be rated as being food secure, low food secure, or very low food secure. Nationally, 12.3 percent of households were food insecure in 2016, including 4.9 percent that had very low food security, or hunger. In Oklahoma, 15.2 percent of households on average experienced food insecurity from 2014-2016, including 6.3 percent which experienced very low food security. Click here to learn more.

Numbers of the Day

· 1 in 6 – Proportion of Oklahoma families who used SNAP to purchase groceries in FY 2017

· $788 million – How much Oklahoma FY 2019 budget is below the state’s FY 2009 budget when adjusted for inflation, a 9.4 percent decrease.

· 29,644 – Number of Oklahoma births covered by SoonerCare in FY 2017.

· 51.7% – Percentage of Oklahomans who have saving accounts

· $9,348 – Maximum annual income for a single parent with two dependent children to be covered by SoonerCare (46% of the federal poverty level).

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