Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is an economic and social condition characterized by having limited or unreliable access to nutritious food. It is associated with chronic health problems including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and mental health issues including major depression, according to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD).

Source: Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates


Food Insecurity Rate
in Clark County in 2018


Food Insecurity Rate
in Nevada in 2018


Food Insecurity Rate
in the U.S. in 2018

Food insecurity rate plateaus in Southern Nevada, continues to drop nationally

Approximately 1-in-8 Southern Nevadans experienced food insecurity in 2018, according to the most recent estimates. Food insecurity rates in the region have consistently declined since the Great Recession and have hovered just below 13 percent since 2016.

Since 2011, Southern Nevada’s food insecurity rates have dropped 26.4 percent , resulting in approximately 60,000 less food insecure Southern Nevadans. However, this still means that approximately 285,000 experienced food insecurity in the region in 2018. The highest concentrations of food insecurity in the region are in the central and northeast valley, downtown Henderson, and around UNLV (see map below).

While local rates have plateaued in recent years, rates nationally continue to decrease, dropping to a decade-low 11.5 percent in 2018. In fact, food insecurity rates have fallen 30 percent nationally since 2011.

In addition to food insecurity, addressing food deserts – low-income areas with limited access to grocery stores – in the region remains a priority for local leaders and community providers. As of 2015, there were 32 Census Tracts within the urbanized region of the valley designated as food deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with approximately 140,000 Southern Nevadans living within them.

Click on a Census Track to view additional data, including poverty rates, household without access to a vehicle, and median household income. Click the top-right buttons to view the map legend and to change various map settings.