Hunger runs deep in the communities working hardest to feed us

Many rural and farm communities — the very places where crops are grown to feed the world — face hunger. It seems impossible, but in lands of plenty, hunger pains can be the sharpest.

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Real Stories of Hunger: Meet Candace

Candace's aging parents require 24-hour care. Even though Candace is married with three children of her own, she had to move into her parents' house to take care of them. Times get tough, but they are grateful they have the food pantry to help when they otherwise cannot make ends meet.

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Millions of rural children struggle with hunger

People who live in rural areas often face hunger at higher rates, in part because of the unique challenges living remotely presents. These challenges include an increased likelihood of food deserts with the nearest food pantry or food bank potentially hours away, job opportunities that are more concentrated in low-wage industries and higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. This can make hunger in rural areas a unique challenge:

  • 2.7 million rural households face hunger
  • Three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas
  • 86% of the counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity are rural

Children who face hunger are more likely to struggle in school and experience developmental setbacks. Kids who struggle to get enough to eat also face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma.

For more data and information, download our Rural Hunger Fact Sheet ›

Feeding our rural neighbors

Feeding America is committed to reaching everyone who faces hunger. Currently, 86% of the food banks in the Feeding America network operate a mobile pantry program, bringing food distribution sites to the hard-to-reach places that need it the most. These food banks are on the ground in every county in America helping millions of people each year. To maximize the amount of people we can serve, we need your help.

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Give to Feeding America today — every dollar donated helps the Feeding America network of food banks secure and distribute at least 10 meals to people facing hunger — including our rural neighbors like Donna.

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