New Mexico Has the Hungriest Kids in the U.S.

Out of 50 states plus Washington, D.C., New Mexico ranked first as the state with the most children in food-insecure households

Feeding America, an organization that supplies food to those in need through food banks and food rescues, ranked every U.S. state according to the number of children living in food-insecure households. New Mexico took first place as the state with the hungriest kids in America, according to The Huffington Post.

In New Mexico, 156,930 children are living in food-insecure households, making that 30.6 percent of children that have "uncertain access to adequate food." Washington, D.C. took a close second with 30 percent and Arizona ranked third with 29.9 percent. North Dakota has the lowest number of hungry children in its state with 10.2 percent.

"It’s shocking to learn that a third of our children aren’t able to access enough food to eat on a regular basis,” said Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico.


According to Feeding America, 17 out of every 50 people in the U.S. who are food insecure are children.