Policy & Research


Report: Food Insecurity in Kansas

By Barb J. LaClair, M.H.A., Andrea N. Hinton, Shawna Chapman, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., Jennifer Boden, M.A. | November 24, 2015

The lack of consistent access to enough food because of a lack of resources is frequently described as “food insecurity.” In Kansas, one out of every six households (16.5 percent) was food-insecure at some time during 2013. That means that more than 183,000 households, representing approximately 450,000 Kansans, did not have reliable access to enough food. One in five Kansas households which included children were food-insecure in 2013; nearly half of Kansas households headed by single women with children faced food insecurity. The Kansas Health Institute has released an in-depth technical report entitled Food Insecurity in Kansas. This report accompanies the issue brief, One in Six Kansas Households Were Food-Insecure in 2013.

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civil dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.