Food insecurity has significant consequences for the population's health, educational outcomes, income, and workforce participation. According to the USDA, a household is considered to be food insecure if, at any time during the previous year, there was a lack of access to sufficient food for a healthy and active life for every household member due to a lack of resources.
In Washington in 2018:
- the food insecure population made up 13 percent of the population and numbered 1,350.
- food insecure children made up 18 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 420.
In Washington in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 17 percent of the population and numbered 1,690.
- food insecure children made up 23 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 560.
Between 2010 and 2018, the food insecure population in Washington decreased by 20 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 16 percent.