Oklahoma is Hungry.

  • Oklahoma 60% 60%
  • Tulsa Public Schools 75% 75%
  • Oklahoma City Public Schools 91% 91%
Percentage of students who qualify for a free and reduced price meal
(SY 2019-2020)


of Oklahoma children in need participate in the summer meals program


of eligible children between 1 and 5 years benefit from supplemental nutrition provided by WIC

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 Matters

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-weight, delayed development, and decreased language acquisition.


Food insecure children are more likely to have lower reading and math scores, more significant behavior and social problems, and lower high school graduation rates.

Food insecurity weakens the labor force, decreases educational attainment, and increases healthcare costs in Oklahoma.

Hunger is Solvable

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 “The Solutions” page.

By not fully utilizing these crucial programs, Oklahoma leaves hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to fight hunger every year.

More than 1 in 5 (208,110) Oklahoma children don’t get the food that they need


Oklahoma households are food insecure
Every $1 in SNAP benefits puts $1.70 back into Oklahoma’s economy


of SNAP participants are children, elderly, or disabled
800,000 Oklahomans relied on SNAP at some point during 2019 to meet their basic nutritional needs
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