Child food insecurity rate 
The percentage of the children under 18 years old that do not have consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level.

Food insecurity is a social determinant of health. Low-income families are affected by multiple, overlapping issues like lack of affordable housing, social isolation, chronic or acute health problems, high medical costs, and low wages. People experiencing food insecurity often consume a nutrient-poor diet, which may contribute to the development of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

In 2018, Child food insecurity rate in Alachua County was 18.2 compared to Florida at 19.4. The line graph shows change over time when there are at least three years of data.

Alachua County is in the second quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the situation occurs more often in about half of the counties, and it occurs less often in about one quarter of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. When fewer than 51 counties have data or zero values, no quartile map will be presented.

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Child food insecurity rate, Percent of Population Under 18, 2018
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Child food insecurity rate, Percentage of Population Under 18, Single Year
Data YearPercent (%)Percent (%)
201424.224.9 is provided by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management.
Data Source: Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap.
7/31/2021 2:22:38 AM
Data Note(s)
  • This is secondary data.
  • Chart will display if there are at least three years of data.
  • Multi-year counts are a sum of the selected years, not an average.
  • Quartiles are calculated when data is available for at least 51 counties.
  • MOV - Measure of Variability: Probable range of values resulting from random fluctuations in the number of events. Not calculated when numerator is below 5 or denominator is below 20, or count or rate is suppressed. The MOV is useful for comparing rates to a goal or standard. For example, if the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is less than the MOV, the county rate is not significantly different from the statewide rate (alpha level = 0.05). When the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is greater than the MOV, the county rate is significantly different from the statewide rate. MOV should not be used to determine if the rates of two different counties, or the county rates for two different years, are statistically significantly different.
  • Denom - abbreviated for Denominator.
  • Population estimates are not available for persons whose county of residence is unknown. Given this, the denominator and associated rate are not available.
  • * - Indicates the county rate is statistically significantly different from the statewide rate.