Oklahoma is Hungry.
Children in Oklahoma don't get the food that they need.
of Oklahoma students participate in free and reduced meal program to get critical nutrition.
Oklahoma has some of the worst food insecurity statistics in the nation.
Food insecurity, as defined by the USDA, is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
Hunger costs Oklahoma over $1.4 billion each year through increased illness and decreased academic achievement alone
Food insecurity exacerbates chronic illnesses including kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity
Hunger leads to low birth-weights, delayed development, and decreased language acquisition
Food insecure children have lower reading and math scores, more significant behavior and social problems, and lower high school graduation rates
Food insecurity has a larger negative impact on Oklahoma by weakening the labor force, decreasing educational attainment, and increasing healthcare costs.
Hunger is Solvable
Hunger Free Oklahoma is working to identify solutions and assist others in solving hunger statewide. Sustainable solutions to hunger exist and require public-private partnerships to increase efficiency and help communities address local issues.
Our statewide assessment of hunger identifies three underutilized programs that could help families’ become food secure. Learn more about these programs and what we are currently leaving on the table by viewing our report or clicking the links below. To learn how Hunger Free Oklahoma is helping Oklahoma address these issues visit our “The Solutions” page.
By not fully utilizing these crucial programs, Oklahoma leaves $400 million on the table to fight hunger every year.
Oklahoma households are food insecure.
$400,000,000 to address hunger left on the table annually.
of SNAP participants are children, elderly, or disabled