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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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Food insecurity is a widespread problem in the United States, with people experiencing food insecurity in every single county in the nation. The nonprofit Feeding America describes food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

Food insecurity hits children particularly hard. The USDA estimates that more than 5.5 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2021. Not having consistent access to enough food can affect cognitive abilities, overall health, moods, and attention spans—not to mention the psychological effects of living with scarcity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Georgia with the highest rate of food insecure children using data from Feeding America. Counties are ranked by highest percent of children with food insecurity as of 2020. Georgia has a child food insecurity rate of 14.4%, which ranks #23 highest among all states.

States with the highest rate of food insecure children
#1. Louisiana: 21.5%
#2. New Mexico: 20.5%
#3. Mississippi: 20.4%
#4. Alabama: 19.8%
#5. Arkansas: 19.7%

States with the lowest rate of food insecure children
#1. North Dakota: 8.1%
#2. Massachusetts: 8.8%
#3. New Jersey: 9.0%
#4. Minnesota: 9.3%
#5. New Hampshire: 9.5%

Read on to see where food insecurity is most prevalent in Georgia.Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#50. Peach County

– Child food insecurity rate: 20.5% (1,170 total)
— 4.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 13.7% (3,770 total)
— 1.9% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $2,753,000
— Cost per meal: $4.54Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#49. Spalding County

– Child food insecurity rate: 20.5% (3,190 total)
— 4.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 13.8% (9,140 total)
— 2.0% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $4,665,000
— Cost per meal: $3.17Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#48. Atkinson County

– Child food insecurity rate: 20.6% (460 total)
— 4.5% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.9% (1,230 total)
— 3.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $595,000
— Cost per meal: $3.00Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#47. Butts County

– Child food insecurity rate: 20.9% (1,030 total)
— 4.8% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.6% (3,560 total)
— 2.8% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,934,000
— Cost per meal: $3.37Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#46. Wilkinson County

– Child food insecurity rate: 21.1% (430 total)
— 5.0% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.1% (1,260 total)
— 2.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $646,000
— Cost per meal: $3.18Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#45. Putnam County

– Child food insecurity rate: 21.2% (930 total)
— 5.1% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 13.9% (3,040 total)
— 2.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,448,000
— Cost per meal: $2.96Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#44. Ware County

– Child food insecurity rate: 21.2% (1,830 total)
— 5.1% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.9% (5,330 total)
— 3.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $2,577,000
— Cost per meal: $3.00Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#43. Brooks County

– Child food insecurity rate: 21.6% (740 total)
— 5.5% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.0% (2,170 total)
— 2.2% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,177,000
— Cost per meal: $3.37Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#42. Decatur County

– Child food insecurity rate: 21.6% (1,390 total)
— 5.5% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.6% (3,880 total)
— 2.8% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,969,000
— Cost per meal: $3.15Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#41. Washington County

– Child food insecurity rate: 21.8% (950 total)
— 5.7% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.0% (2,840 total)
— 2.2% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,393,000
— Cost per meal: $3.05Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#40. Lincoln County

– Child food insecurity rate: 22.5% (340 total)
— 6.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 13.9% (1,100 total)
— 2.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $517,000
— Cost per meal: $2.92Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#39. Baldwin County

– Child food insecurity rate: 22.6% (1,910 total)
— 6.5% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.4% (6,470 total)
— 2.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $3,316,000
— Cost per meal: $3.18Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#38. Pulaski County

– Child food insecurity rate: 22.7% (450 total)
— 6.6% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.4% (1,610 total)
— 2.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $782,000
— Cost per meal: $3.02Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#37. Seminole County

– Child food insecurity rate: 22.8% (390 total)
— 6.7% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 17.0% (1,400 total)
— 5.2% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $711,000
— Cost per meal: $3.15Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#36. Calhoun County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.0% (250 total)
— 6.9% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.1% (890 total)
— 2.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $459,000
— Cost per meal: $3.21Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#35. Laurens County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.2% (2,710 total)
— 7.1% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.3% (7,720 total)
— 4.5% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $4,031,000
— Cost per meal: $3.24Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#34. McDuffie County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.3% (1,240 total)
— 7.2% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 13.4% (2,860 total)
— 1.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,344,000
— Cost per meal: $2.92Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#33. Taliaferro County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.3% (50 total)
— 7.2% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.9% (240 total)
— 3.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $113,000
— Cost per meal: $2.92Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#32. Ben Hill County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.4% (980 total)
— 7.3% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 17.2% (2,900 total)
— 5.4% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,540,000
— Cost per meal: $3.30Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#31. Quitman County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.4% (70 total)
— 7.3% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 12.1% (280 total)
— 0.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $142,000
— Cost per meal: $3.15Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#30. Burke County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.5% (1,380 total)
— 7.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 12.4% (2,810 total)
— 0.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,316,000
— Cost per meal: $2.91Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#29. Elbert County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.5% (980 total)
— 7.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.2% (3,100 total)
— 4.4% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,504,000
— Cost per meal: $3.01Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#28. Emanuel County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.5% (1,310 total)
— 7.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.9% (3,800 total)
— 5.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,709,000
— Cost per meal: $2.79Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#27. Meriwether County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.7% (1,070 total)
— 7.6% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.4% (3,470 total)
— 4.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,794,000
— Cost per meal: $3.21Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#26. Muscogee County

– Child food insecurity rate: 23.9% (11,560 total)
— 7.8% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 15.3% (29,860 total)
— 3.5% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $16,364,000
— Cost per meal: $3.40Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#25. Jenkins County

– Child food insecurity rate: 24.0% (450 total)
— 7.9% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 18.3% (1,610 total)
— 6.5% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $761,000
— Cost per meal: $2.94Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#24. Talbot County

– Child food insecurity rate: 24.0% (250 total)
— 7.9% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 11.7% (730 total)
— 0.1% lower than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $421,000
— Cost per meal: $3.58Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#23. Wilkes County

– Child food insecurity rate: 24.0% (500 total)
— 7.9% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 15.1% (1,480 total)
— 3.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $695,000
— Cost per meal: $2.92Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#22. Taylor County

– Child food insecurity rate: 24.1% (400 total)
— 8.0% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 19.1% (1,550 total)
— 7.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,143,000
— Cost per meal: $4.58Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#21. Screven County

– Child food insecurity rate: 24.6% (720 total)
— 8.5% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.6% (2,040 total)
— 2.8% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,030,000
— Cost per meal: $3.14Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#20. Sumter County

– Child food insecurity rate: 25.3% (1,700 total)
— 9.2% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.6% (4,350 total)
— 2.8% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $2,478,000
— Cost per meal: $3.54Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#19. Treutlen County

– Child food insecurity rate: 25.5% (410 total)
— 9.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 19.7% (1,340 total)
— 7.9% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $667,000
— Cost per meal: $3.09Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#18. Turner County

– Child food insecurity rate: 25.7% (500 total)
— 9.6% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 17.9% (1,420 total)
— 6.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $674,000
— Cost per meal: $2.95Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#17. Jefferson County

– Child food insecurity rate: 25.9% (950 total)
— 9.8% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 13.6% (2,110 total)
— 1.8% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $998,000
— Cost per meal: $2.94Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#16. Clayton County

– Child food insecurity rate: 26.1% (20,930 total)
— 10.0% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 12.4% (35,650 total)
— 0.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $17,530,000
— Cost per meal: $3.05Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#15. Mitchell County

– Child food insecurity rate: 26.3% (1,280 total)
— 10.2% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.0% (3,520 total)
— 4.2% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,715,000
— Cost per meal: $3.03Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#14. Bibb County

– Child food insecurity rate: 27.0% (10,050 total)
— 10.9% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.1% (24,670 total)
— 4.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $12,751,000
— Cost per meal: $3.21Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#13. Telfair County

– Child food insecurity rate: 27.6% (720 total)
— 11.5% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 17.3% (2,750 total)
— 5.5% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,349,000
— Cost per meal: $3.05Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#12. Dooly County

– Child food insecurity rate: 28.1% (660 total)
— 12.0% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.4% (1,960 total)
— 2.6% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $976,000
— Cost per meal: $3.09Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#11. Randolph County

– Child food insecurity rate: 28.7% (520 total)
— 12.6% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.7% (1,150 total)
— 4.9% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $583,000
— Cost per meal: $3.15Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#10. Richmond County

– Child food insecurity rate: 28.8% (13,300 total)
— 12.7% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 15.7% (31,740 total)
— 3.9% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $16,191,000
— Cost per meal: $3.17Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#9. Stewart County

– Child food insecurity rate: 29.7% (220 total)
— 13.6% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 15.5% (1,000 total)
— 3.7% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $548,000
— Cost per meal: $3.40Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#8. Macon County

– Child food insecurity rate: 30.5% (760 total)
— 14.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 15.9% (2,080 total)
— 4.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $1,534,000
— Cost per meal: $4.58Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#7. Early County

– Child food insecurity rate: 30.9% (780 total)
— 14.8% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 16.7% (1,710 total)
— 4.9% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $933,000
— Cost per meal: $3.39Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#6. Warren County

– Child food insecurity rate: 31.0% (330 total)
— 14.9% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.9% (780 total)
— 3.1% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $366,000
— Cost per meal: $2.92Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#5. Terrell County

– Child food insecurity rate: 31.4% (630 total)
— 15.3% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 17.8% (1,540 total)
— 6.0% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $877,000
— Cost per meal: $3.54Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#4. Dougherty County

– Child food insecurity rate: 31.5% (6,660 total)
— 15.4% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 17.1% (15,160 total)
— 5.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $7,824,000
— Cost per meal: $3.21Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#3. Crisp County

– Child food insecurity rate: 32.1% (1,730 total)
— 16.0% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 19.1% (4,310 total)
— 7.3% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $2,146,000
— Cost per meal: $3.09Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#2. Hancock County

– Child food insecurity rate: 33.9% (310 total)
— 17.8% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 14.6% (1,240 total)
— 2.8% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $642,000
— Cost per meal: $3.21Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Georgia

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#1. Clay County

– Child food insecurity rate: 41.3% (240 total)
— 25.2% higher than national average
– Food insecurity rate: 20.5% (600 total)
— 8.7% higher than national average
– Annual food budget shortfall: $304,000
— Cost per meal: $3.15


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