Unemployment and poverty disproportionately affect African Americans — making combatting hunger even harder
African American households have significantly lower household incomes than white, non-Hispanic households. African Americans are also more than twice as likely to face hunger.
- Eight of the 10 counties with the highest food insecurity rates in the nation are at least 60% African American. Seven of the 10 counties are in Mississippi.
- Poverty rates for African Americans are more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic individuals.
- 9% of African Americans live in deep poverty (less than 50% of the federal poverty threshold).
A little girl handed me her report card and she told me ‘my grades are now better because I get breakfast every morning from the food pantry’ and it broke my heart.
Lamont’s life took an unexpected turn when an on-the-job injury left him unemployed and relying on the food pantry to help feed his children. Now, he helps other families get back on their feet as the director of the same food pantry.