In Kansas, 1 in 7 families struggle to get enough food. More than 1 in 5 children live in a home where there is uncertainty about how everyone will be fed. Since first measured in 1995, rates of food insecurity and hunger have continued to rise, with sharp increases observed with the onset of the 2008 recession. The costs and consequences of food insecurity are multifaceted, and severe. Hunger is strongly correlated with lower educational achievement and impaired work performance. By one estimate, economic costs related to hunger and food insecurity in Kansas exceeded $1.6 billion in 2010.
This Kansas Hunger Atlas represents an effort to document, at the county level, the depth of food insecurity and hunger and related community characteristics, and to provide community partners in the fight against hunger the tools and information that will help them to most effectively develop and implement community-level interventions. It is our hope that this document will spur many to action, and will help to provide a road map toward eliminating food insecurity and hunger in our state.