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Missouri Hunger Atlas

New 2016 Edition Now Available

The Missouri Hunger Atlas – now in its 4th edition – visually engages readers to better understand hunger in Missouri. Through a series of indicator maps and tables, the Atlas details the extent of food insecurity in all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis. The Atlas also assesses the performance of a host of public and private programs intended to help people struggling with hunger.

Key features of the Missouri Hunger Atlas

  • County Tables for each county in Missouri (including the city of St. Louis) that measure rates of both food insecurity and program performance.
  • State Maps that graphically illustrate patterns of food insecurity and program performance across the state.
  • County Rankings, Comparisons, and Trends which rank counties based on need and performance measures, compare  county measures with state averages, and indicate the trend for particular measures over time.

Download the Atlas

The Missouri Hunger Atlas 2016 may be downloaded in whole or part for free.

Full Report with County Profiles

Report Introduction (without County Profiles) – includes background information, descriptions of indicators, state maps for many important indicators, county comparisons, and concluding remarks

Individual county profiles may be accessed by clicking on the county name included on the map or list below.

 

Adair County
Andrew County
Atchison County
Audrain County
Barry County
Barton County
Bates County
Benton County
Bollinger County
Boone County
Buchanan County
Butler County
Caldwell County
Callaway County
Camden County
Cape Girardeau County
Carroll County
Carter County
Cass County
Cedar County
Chariton County
Christian County
Clark County
Clay County
Clinton County
Cole County
Cooper County
Crawford County
Dade County
Dallas County
Daviess County
DeKalb County
Dent County
Douglas County
Dunklin County
Franklin County
Gasconade County
Gentry County
Greene County
Grundy County
Harrison County
Henry County
Hickory County
Holt County
Howard County
Howell County
Iron County
Jackson County
Jasper County
Jefferson County
Johnson County
Knox County
Laclede County
Lafayette County
Lawrence County
Lewis County
Lincoln County
Linn County
Livingston County
McDonald County
Macon County
Madison County
Maries County
Marion County
Mercer County
Miller County
Mississippi County
Moniteau County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
New Madrid County
Newton County
Nodaway County
Oregon County
Osage County
Ozark County
Pemiscot County
Perry County
Pettis County
Phelps County
Pike County
Platte County
Polk County
Pulaski County
Putnam County
Ralls County
Randolph County
Ray County
Reynolds County
Ripley County
St. Charles County
St. Clair County
St. Francois County
Ste. Genevieve County
St. Louis County
Saline County
Schuyler County
Scotland County
Scott County
Shannon County
Shelby County
Stoddard County
Stone County
Sullivan County
Taney County
Texas County
Vernon County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Webster County
Worth County
Wright County
St. Louis City

The Missouri Hunger Atlas 2016 is a publication of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at the University of Missouri. Authors include Anne Cafer, Darren Chapman, Kathlee Freeman, and Sandy Rikoon. For more information contact Dr. Sandy Rikoon, RikoonSandy@missouri.edu, 573-882-0861.

Previous Editions of the Missouri Hunger Atlas

Missouri Hunger Atlas 2013 PDF
Missouri Hunger Atlas 2010 PDF
Kansas City Hunger Atlas 2010 PDF
Saint Louis Hunger Atlas 2010 PDF
Missouri Hunger Atlas 2008 PDF

Related

A Hungrier Missouri: Hunger Atlas shows food insecurity continues to worsen (CAFNR News, 2013)
Food Insecurity Continues to Grow, MU Researchers Find (MU News Bureau, 2013)
Missouri’s hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem (KBIA, 2013)

USDA Report: The Concentration of Poverty is a Growing Rural Problem

rural povety map

The December edition of Amber Waves highlights a concerning trend: the growth and concentration of rural poverty. While poverty grew throughout the United States as a result of the 2001 and 2007-2009 economic recessions, it grew faster in rural areas, compared to metropolitan areas.  The report notes that “in 2006-10, 26.2 percent of the Nation’s nonmetro [i.e. rural] counties were high poverty, 5.8 percentage points higher than in 2000.” By comparison, 10.3 percent of metropolitan counties were high poverty counties in 2006-10, increasing 3.7 percentage points from 2000.

The report also points to the impact of poverty, noting that “research has shown that the poor living in areas where poverty is prevalent face impediments beyond those of their individual circumstances. Concentrated poverty contributes to poor housing and health conditions, higher crime and school dropout rates, as well as employment dislocations. As a result, economic conditions in very poor areas can create limited opportunities for poor residents that become self-perpetuating.”

The full article by Tracy Farrigan and Timothy Parker, along with supporting documents and data, can all be accessed through the online Amber Waves magazine, a publication of the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. Another publication from USDA worth looking in to is Rural America at a Glance, 2012 Edition.