Oklahoma is Hungry.
Oklahoma children don't get the food that they need
80% of Tulsa Public Schools’ students qualify for a free and reduced price meal
of Oklahoma students participate in free and reduced meal program to get critical nutrition
Out of 77 Oklahoma counties, 54 are in food deserts
“Food deserts are geographic areas where grocery stores are scarce and are void of fresh produce, usually found in low-income areas.”
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-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 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.
More than 1 in 5 Oklahoma children don’t get the food that they need
Oklahoma households are food insecure
$400 MILLION to address hunger left on the table annually
of SNAP participants are children, elderly, or disabled
Every $1 in SNAP benefits puts $1.70 back into Oklahoma’s economy