Indiana

Indiana Data

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County Data

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Population & Health

Indiana is number 16 in population size for the U.S. with more than 62% of people living in urban counties.

6,570,713

People in Indiana
(2013)

1,011,890

Number of Food
Insecure People

15.4%

Food Insecurity Rate
(2013)

21.8%

Child Food
Insecurity Rate

67%

Adults Overweight or
Obese (2014)

2,481,793

Number of Households

Did You Know?

Indiana has the 15th highest adult obesity rate in the U.S. at 31.3%. Cases of obesity-related health issues continue to increase, and will affect the majority of Hoosiers by 2030. A child living in a low-income neighborhood is 20-60 percent more likely to be obese than their peers and often they do not have access to healthier food retail options. Low income individuals are more susceptible to food insecurity and obesity. In Indiana, 15.4% of households and 21.8% of children are food insecure, meaning that at some point during the year, they had difficulty providing enough food for their families due to a lack of resources.

Consumption & Spending on Food

Each year, we spend $18.1 Billion Dollars buying food including $1.1 Billion SNAP Federal food assistance dollars.

$597

Bakery & Cereal Products
per household per year (2016)

$973

Meats, Poultry, Fish and Eggs
per household per year (2016)

$467

Dairy Products
per household per year (2016)

$819

Fruits & Vegetables
per household per year (2016)

$1,511

Snacks & Other Food
per household per year (2016)

$2,642

Eating Out
per household per year (2016)

Did You Know?

Each year, consumers spend more than $18 billion buying food. It is estimated that 90% of the money spent on food is leaking from our economy by purchasing food that is not grown, raised, processed or packaged here in Indiana. We spend nearly twice as much money per household on snacks than fruits and vegetables and fall well below the recommended intake of fruits and vegetables, food that is critical for reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers as weight management and increased nutrition intake. Each time you purchase food at a grocery, restaurant or farmers’ market, you are voting with your food dollars about the kind of food you want in your food system.

Food Markets & Access

Most people in Indiana live within driving or close walking distance to a grocery store where you can buy a variety of foods. However, 1.5 million cannot access these markets, creating ‘food deserts’ in our communities.

1,511

Number of Grocery
& Superstores (2012)

23%

Lack Access to Fresh,
Healthy Food (2010)

37%

Census Tracts With
No Healthy Food Access

687

Markets for Local Food Sales

180,909

Seniors With Low
Access to Grocery

367,428

Children With Low
Access to Grocery

Did You Know?

More than 5,200 stores in Indiana accept SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps), totaling $1.1 billion in sales annually, yet there are only 1,500 grocery and super stores. The remaining 3,700 stores selling food are convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and dollar stores. 6.3% of Hoosiers who lack access to a grocery store are also low-income, making these stores the only retail with any food available. As of 2011, Indiana is one of 41 states that does not have a healthy food retail policy. In 2016, Indiana farmers sold $110,000 worth of healthy food to SNAP participants at 110 farmers’ markets. In addition, 22,500 low income households used WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program dollars to purchase $264,000 of fresh, locally grown food.

Youth Health & Food

Our educational institutions are a key piece of the nutritional puzzle for our youth. More than one million lunches are served each day at 2,080 schools. 1,882 schools are also serving breakfast and 626 serve snacks.

1,046,687

Students in School

515,226

Students Enrolled in
Free/Reduced Meal Programs

21.8%

Children Suffer From
Food Insecurity

31%

Overweight or Obese
Adolescents

$11 Million

Spent on Local
Produce, Milk & Proteins

31%

School Districts Bringing
the Farm to School

Did You Know?

Nearly half of public school students are enrolled in free or reduced price meal programs. Ninety three percent of children consume fewer vegetables, and fruits (60%) than is recommended by the USDA. Empty calories account for 36% of caloric intake for U.S. students and 80% of children consume saturated fat in excess. School meal programs reach a particularly vulnerable audience: school-aged kids who are low-income, food insecure and disproportionately affected by health issues related to poor diet. Health and behavior changes in students and their families has been shown to be successful when farm to school education is provided at school meals, in the lunchroom, classroom and in school gardens. Indiana has 74 learning gardens where schools are digging in for a better food education for our youth.

Indiana Data

Agriculture & Employment

Indiana Agricultural Production

64% land in farms
14.7 million acres managed by 58,695 farms
48% harvested acres of feed corn
41% harvested acres of soybeans
0.3% acres used to grow specialty crops (vegetables, fruit and nuts)
0.5% acres in Organic production
49.5 million animals raised for meat, eggs, milk and wool
165,000 (0.3%) animals processed for sale within Indiana

Local Food Farming & Sales

$26 million paid directly to farmers from customers
4,664 (8%) farms sell to consumers and local retail outlets
86% of farms selling direct to consumer or retail are less than 180 acres in size
151% increase in farm to customer sales since 1997
147% increase in sales from farmer to consumer since 1992

Food System Employment & Wages

16% jobs in Indiana related to food and agriculture
Average annual wages for jobs in:
Farm input suppliers (0.4% of Indiana jobs) $68,000
Waste and recovery (0.2%) $57,000
Food processing (1.6%) $54,000
Distribution and wholesaling (1%) $53,000
Farming (3.5%) $34,000
Retailing (11%) $18,000

63% of all food system jobs are in the Retail sector where employees earn the least amount per worker averaging $18,197 annual income. Wages in retail food jobs have declined 3.3% since 2007, while the number of jobs has increased by 6.3%.

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