Data & Publications

The impact of the current recession on hunger and food insecurity in Utah has been devastating. We can see that record number of Utahns (pdf) have been utilizing Food Stamps during the recession.

Although USDA data indicate that Utah’s rate of food security is on par with or higher than the national average, most federal nutrition programs are still woefully underutilized in Utah. The most recent USDA data indicates that just over half of Utah households eligible for Food Stamps actually use the program. Utahns leave over $180 million in unclaimed Food Stamp benefits on the table every year, or roughly three times the annual output of the Utah Food Bank. Utah also ranks very low in our utilization of school lunch programs, and last in the country in our rate of school breakfast participation among impoverished children.

Utah data

  • UAH‘s “Too Hungry to Learn”: Utah Teachers’ Perspectives On Hunger in the Classroom - Fall 2013
  • October SurveyUtah State Office of Education -A survey of the free, reduced price and paid eligible students enrolled in all Utah schools that operate the National School Lunch Program. The survey is performed once a year on the last operating day in October.  This is a link to the most updated survey and surveys from prior years.
  • Food Stamp Caseload Trend – DWS (click on image to the far right)
  • Utah Household Food Stamp Profile (click on image below)

National data


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Food Research and Action Center

Center on Budget Policy and Priorities

Feeding America

Children’s HealthWatch

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