Total Percentage of Households with Very Low Food Security
: 6.4 percent Median Income
: $37,823 Percentage Below Poverty Line
: 18.8 percent Unemployment
: 7.8 percent Obesity
: 30.5 percent
Arkansas has one of the highest rates of very low food security in the country, affecting 6.4 percent of households. Similarly, it ranks number one in the nation for low food security, with 17.7 percent of households needing some sort of assistance for buying food. In addition, the state has the highest rate of food insecurity for children, 24.4 percent, according to a 2008 study conducted by the charity Feeding America.
(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)