Total Percentage of Households with Very Low Food Security
: 6.5 percent Median Income
: $36,646 Percentage Below Poverty Line
: 21.9 percent Unemployment
: 9.7 percent Obesity
: 34.4 percent
Citizens of Mississippi have faced a number of pressing issues with regards to food over the last few years. The state has the fourth highest rate of very low food security in the country and the third highest rate of low food security at 17.1 percent. More than one in five residents use the state’s Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called Food Stamps. Additionally, the state has the worst obesity rate in the nation at 34.4 percent.
(AP Photo/University of Southern Mississippi, Steve Rouse)