- In 2019, more than 1 in 10 (11.6 percent) Shawnee County residents were food insecure, which was similar to the food insecurity rate in Kansas overall (12.1 percent), but far from the Healthy People 2030 goal of 6.0 percent.
- Approximately 1 in 6 (16.7 percent) children in Shawnee County were food insecure in 2019.
- The two ZIP Codes (66603 and 66612) with the highest rates of both food insecurity (29.2 percent and 28.9 percent respectively in 2019) and poverty (37.8 percent and 37.6 percent respectively according to 2015-2019 5-year estimates) were both located in Central Topeka.
- In 2019, 11 census tracts in Shawnee County were designated as food deserts (areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food).
- About half (52.3 percent) of all people eligible in Shawnee County received Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits according to 2017-2019 3-year estimates.