Hunger hits Black communities harder

The Black community consistently faces hunger at higher rates than whites due to social, economic, and environmental challenges. In 2021, nearly 20% of Black individuals experienced food insecurity - more than three times the rate of white households.

Black communities face hunger at a higher rate than other communities

  • Discriminatory policies and practices have led Black people to be more likely to live in poverty and more likely to face unemployment. They have fewer financial resources like savings or property than their white counterparts. All of these factors increase someone's likelihood of experiencing hunger.
  • According to the USDA, in 2021, nearly 20% of Black individuals lived in a food insecure household. In addition, Black people are almost three times as likely to face hunger as white individuals.
  • Black children are more likely to experience hunger than children of other races. According to the USDA, in 2021, 22% of Black children lived in food insecure households. Black children were almost three times as likely to face hunger than white children.
  • While the United States has an overall poverty rate of 11.4%, within the Black community, the poverty rate is 19.5%. Meanwhile, poverty in the non-Hispanic, white community is 10.1%.

 

Learn how Black leaders throughout the Feeding America network are leading the fight against hunger >

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Cathy

Chicago,
Illinois

I've been given a lot of mercy and grace. And with that, there's a responsibility to be a light...to give other people hope.

On Cathy Moore's darkest day, she found hope at a food pantry in Chicago. Now, years later, she's the director of that pantry, and a light of hope in her community. This is her story.

Cathy

Chicago,
Illinois

On Cathy Moore's darkest day, she found hope at a food pantry in Chicago. Now, years later, she's the director of that pantry, and a light of hope in her community. This is her story.

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