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 Jefferson in 2018:
- the food insecure population made up 8 percent of the population and numbered 2,120.
- food insecure children made up 9 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 880.
In Jefferson in 2010:
- the food insecure population made up 14 percent of the population and numbered 3,440.
- food insecure children made up 19 percent of all children under age 18 and numbered 1,570.
Between 2010 and 2018, the food insecure population in Jefferson decreased by 38 percent and the number of food insecure children decreased by 2 percent.