November 24th, 2015
- As of 2013, an estimated 654,640 Oklahomans are food-insecure, which means that they don’t have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
- Oklahomans are more likely to be food-insecure than most Americans, and many chronic diseases and health conditions related to food insecurity are very common in Oklahoma.
- More than 1 in 4 Oklahoma children rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) to get enough to eat.
Check out our other resources on hunger in Oklahoma, including:
- Video: 9 myths about food insecurity in Oklahoma
- Fact Sheet: Hunger in Oklahoma, with key information and charts about food insecurity in our state. Also, how many Chesapeake arenas would it take to seat all the Oklahomans who experience food insecurity in a given year? Find out here.
- Policy Basics: Oklahoma’s Food Security Safety Net, on the range of programs and services available to help food-insecure Oklahomans
- Issue Brief: Community Eligibility Can Help Make Oklahoma Schools Hunger-Free, on a school meals program that helps high-poverty schools make sure every student gets enough to eat
- ‘Please don’t feed the stereotypes,’ our blog post correcting misinformation about families who receive SNAP benefits in Oklahoma
- ‘Song for my father’, our blog post sharing the true story of seniors in small-town and rural Oklahoma who struggle to get enough food. This post is part of our ongoing series, Neglected Oklahoma, about Oklahomans in situations where the basic necessities of life are hard to come by.
- ‘Too many of Oklahoma’s military families are food insecure’ (blog post).
- County fact sheets with important statistics on all 77 counties in Oklahoma, including the percentage of country residents who receive SNAP benefits.
- The 2014 Poverty Profile, which displays updated statistics on poverty in Oklahoma.