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:
- 2.8 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 ›