African American Hunger Facts
Ortilia and Tyrone
Ortilia and Tyrone were working hard to provide a happy life for their three children when they were suddenly faced with hard times. They were forced to make tough choices, including skipping meals so their kids could eat. Oritilia and Tyrone were determined to get through this tough time – and that’s where their community’s food pantry made all the difference.
Unemployment and poverty disproportionately affect African Americans — making combatting hunger even harder
African American households have a significantly lower household income 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 located in Mississippi.
- Poverty rates for African Americans in 2017 were more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic individuals.
- 10% of African Americans live in deep poverty (less than 50% of the federal poverty threshold).