According to the 2018 report by Missourians to End Poverty states that the child poverty rate is higher than the overall state poverty rate of 14%. It states that 19.2% of Missouri children live in poverty which is equal to 260,867. While St. Louis County ranks 6th out of 10 of the Missouri counties with the lowest poverty rate with an average median income $61,103, we know that even 1 impoverished child in the United States is one too many.
Food Insecurity is defined by the USDA as the state of which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
The national food insecurity rate is 13% while Missouri’s food insecurity rate is 14.2%.which ranks Missouri at number 19 out of the 50 U.S. States.
The report also states that food insecure families are at higher risk for chronic diseases, diabetes, hypertension and weight gain. These physical and mental
health effects are especially detrimental due to the lack of access to proper
medical care. It is no secret that statistically that diabetes and hypertension are diseases that plague minority communities; specifically Black and Hispanic Americans. It is therefore no surprise that some of the most food insecure households in America are Black and Hispanic families which illustrates the correlation between poor health and food insecurity.
To view the full poverty report please visit the Community Action Agency of St. Louis.