Hunger hits African American communities harder

African American households face hunger at a rate more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic households. And getting enough to eat is a consistent struggle for 1 in 4 African American children.

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Lamont

Layton,
Utah

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.

Lamont

Layton,
Utah

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.

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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.

  • 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).

Feeding America reaches African American households every day

The Feeding America network is here to help — serving nearly 1 in 3 African Americans in the U.S. Together, we are working to ensure that every family has the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve a hunger-free future. But we cannot continue our work without you.

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Every dollar donated helps the Feeding America network of food banks secure and distribute at least 10 meals to people facing hunger — including African American families who need our help.

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