Indiana: A Hunger and Poverty Snapshot

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In Indiana, between 2019-2021:

  • Food insecurity in Indiana averaged 9.7%.
  • Indiana’s food insecurity rate was 7% lower than the national average of 10.4%.
  • The official poverty rate (which does not account for income from safety-net and tax-support programs such as SNAP, EITC, and others) in the state averaged 10.9%.
  • But using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (which does include safety-net and tax-support income), the poverty rate falls to 7.4%. In other words, these programs reduced the poverty rate in Indiana by 32% and the number of people living in poverty by 233,000.
  • SNAP, alone, lifted 141,000 people above the poverty line in Indiana, including 66,000 children, per year between 2013 and 2017, on average.

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