Utah Hunger Statistics

  • One in 10 Utah households experience food insecurity and more than 102,000 Utah families do not have the resources to buy enough food
  • Increasing food security leads to: reduced obesity, diabetes and malnutrition; lowered risk of heart disease and high blood pressure; lower level of stress; decreased depression; significantly lower rates of suicide in adolescents; and decreased behavioral problems in youth.
  • Food insecurity disproportionately impacts children, female single parent households, seniors, people with disabilities, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities (BIPOC).
  • In the 2020 report, food insecurity in the following groups was noted as being significantly higher than the national average:
    • All households with children (14.8 percent)
    • Households with children under age 6 (15.3 percent)
    • Households with children headed by a single woman (27.7 percent) or a single man (16.3 percent)
    • Households with Black, non-Hispanic (21.7 percent) and Hispanic (17.2 percent) household reference persons
    • Households with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold (28.6 percent)


Food Security Data by County

Beaver Duchesne Kane San Juan Utah
Box Elder Emery Millard Sanpete Wasatch
Cache Garfield Morgan Sevier Washington
Carbon Grand Piute Summit Wayne
Daggett Iron Rich Tooele Weber
Davis Juab Salt Lake Uintah All Combined

Food Security Fact Sheet Definitions


For additional information, please contact Palak Gupta.

Thanks to Carson Johnson for compiling this information.