Report finds one-fifth of Mo. households with children are 'food insecure'

Sep 19, 2013

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A report from the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security shows more than one in five Missouri households with children are food insecure, meaning that they worry about not having enough food.

Sandy Rikoon is the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. He is also one of the authors of the report, called the 2013 Missouri Hunger Atlas.

“Right now we are working at the University of Missouri [to try] to help people make better decisions on their use of limited resources,” Rikoon said.

The 2013 Missouri Hunger Atlas places Boone County in the highest percentile range of food insecure households with children, showing that roughly 25 to 28 percent of households in Boone County are food insecure.