Food insecurity is defined as not having reliable access to adequate nutrition. In Vermont, more than 1 in 7 children are food insecure [1]. While that puts our state slightly below the national average, that gap has been closing over time as can be seen below from 20.5% in 2014 to 17% in 2017. Children who struggle with food insecurity may struggle to pay attention and be successful in school and learning environments. They may also face immediate and long-term risks to their physical and mental health, including increases in chronic disease, depression, suicide, nutritional deficiencies, and obesity.

Additional information including breakdowns by county and comparisons to other states is available from Map the Meal Gap of Feeding America.

Return to the Table of Contents for the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report.

1. Feeding America. (2019). Child food insecurity in Vermont 2014-2017.