A Growing Problem

Many Arizonans struggle with food issues.

Whether it's access to healthy food or making good nutritional choices, geographical diversity and rapid population growth add to the complexity of this problem. Currently, more than 28.2% of Arizona children are living with food insecurity.

What You Need to Know

National Struggles Arizona is Currently Dealing With

For some people money is the issue, others have limiting access to food, and for some it's making healthy choices.

Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity

According to the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA), food insecurity is the lack of access by all members of a family at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Food Desert

Food Desert

Areas that lack access to affordable foods necessary to maintaining a healthy diet, such as fruits, vegetables and milk. According to the USDA, Maricopa Country, Arizona's largest county, contains 55 food deserts.

Working Poor

Working Poor

People living at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is $40,800 for a family of four. A staggering 1 in 3 Arizonans, or 2.02 million individuals, out of an estimated 6.36 are considered working poor.



Many Arizonans struggle to get and remain healthy. With approximately 65% of residents overweight, keeping chronic conditions at bay is something our entire community should focus on.

Maricopa Country
Maricopa County
Arizona's largest county contains 55 food deserts.

The Growing Health Problem in Arizona

Many Arizonans struggle to access healthy food and make good nutritional choices. Geographical diversity and rapid population growth add to the complexity of this problem.

Many Arizonans living with this food insecurity struggle to get and remain healthy, leading to high rates of obesity and chronic diseases. This health issue affects our entire health system.

Arizona Overweight

Approximately 65% of Arizona residents are overweight.

65% Overweight

More than 28% of Arizonans drink at least one can, bottle or glass of soda per day.

28% Drink Soda Daily

Daily Soda Consumption
7% Arizonians have limited food access

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 7% of Arizonans have limited access to healthy food because they do not have a grocery store within their community.

7% Limited Food Access

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