Hunger Statistics in Arizona

  • Currently nearly 1 in 3 children, 1 in 5 Arizonans, and 1 in 7 seniors in Arizona live in poverty.*
  • Arizona’s hunger rates are higher than national averages: 17.8% of Arizonans are food insecure, compared to 15.9% nationally, and  28.2% of Arizonan children face hunger, compared to 21.6% nationally.
  • Arizona ranks third in the country for high child food insecurity rates, behind only New Mexico and Mississippi, with 456,760 children facing hunger on a daily basis.
  • 2 million Arizonans are considered working poor, living at or below the Federal Poverty Guideline. This is the majority of those served by the Food Bank’s emergency food box program.
  • More than 40% of the households receiving emergency food assistance have at least one person who is working.

Service Area Map for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

 

*Based on Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study of 2012 

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