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Idaho’s poverty rate continued its upward climb in 2011, rising to 16.5 percent. That’s higher than the national rate of people living in poverty, which grew to 15.9 percent last year.Put another way, more than 255,000 Idahoans lived below the federal poverty guideline last year.The state’s poverty rate has climbed each year since 2007, when 12.1 percent of state residents lived below the poverty line. While the rate grew by 1.4 percent from 2008 to 2009 and again from 2009 to 2010, it grew by less than a percentage point from 2010 to 2011.

Food Insecurity Down In Idaho But 76,000 Children Still Vulnerable

Feeding America

A new report shows the number of people dealing with hunger in Idaho has dropped overall. But children in some parts of the state are still struggling to get enough to eat.

The annual study by Feeding America – a national network of food banks – shows that overall food insecurity in the state has decreased incrementally.

Based on 2015 data, the study found that about 9,000 fewer people statewide experience hunger on a regular basis. The report also found the number of children impacted by food insecurity has decreased.

The Idaho Foodbank ties this upswing to an improving economy. But the problem remains. There are still about 232,000 people without enough food in the state. Rural counties like Lemhi and Madison still struggle, which is where organizations like the Foodbank come into play. The nonprofit served about 14 million meals across the state last fiscal year.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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