Total Percentage of Households with Very Low Food Security
: 6.4 percent Median Income
: $45,229 Percentage Below Poverty Line
: 14.6 percent Unemployment
: 9.4 percent Obesity
: 30 percent
Missouri had more than 350,000 families which either have low or very low food security in 2009. One food pantry in the state, Circle of Concern, reports demand for food was up 24 percent from the previous year. This is the third largest increase in people having trouble obtaining food in the nation.
(AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)