Food Insecurity

Access to nutritious food is a necessity for a healthy and prosperous lifestyle. Research has demonstrated that good nutrition is essential for healthy physical and social development. The Economic Research Service reports that households experiencing food insecurity have been characterized as likely to worry that they will run out of food, and often the food they are able to purchase does not last. Without food access, an individual faces disadvantages economically, socially, and in terms of their health.

Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 5th among its peer cities in food insecurity with 16.1% of residents experiencing food insecurity. Additionally, Louisville ranks 2nd in rates of children who live in a household experiencing food insecurity with a rate of 17%. The USDA defines food insecurity as lacking enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all members of the household.

Louisville ranks among the middle tier on food insecurity according to a natural breaks algorithm. Additionally, Louisville ranks among the top tier on child food insecurity according to a natural breaks algorithm. Cities in green are those that outperform their peers, cities in yellow represent the middle cluster, and those in red are a group that lags behind its peers on this indicator.

Trends Over Time

Louisville’s rate of food insecurity has decreased from 2013 to 2015. During this time period, Louisville’s rate of food insecurity was lower than its peer city average. Similar trends are observed in the food insecurity rates of children. In terms child food insecurity, Louisville’s rate is far below that of the 25th percentile of its peers.