Hunger hits Black communities harder

Black communities are more likely to face hunger. In fact, in 2022, nearly 23% of Black people in the United States experienced food insecurity. This is almost two-and-a-half times the rate of white people.

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Facts about hunger in Black communities

  • In 2022, 1 in 5 Black people in the United States experienced food insecurity.

    According to the USDA, nearly 9 million Black people could not access enough food to lead a healthy, active life.

  • Black children are more likely to experience food insecurity than children of other races.

    In 2022, 29% of Black children lived in food insecure households. That’s 1 in three Black children without reliable access to food.

  • Black families are far more likely to experience poverty.

    While the United States has an overall poverty rate of 11.5%, within the Black community, the poverty rate is 17.1%.

Causes of food insecurity in Black communities

Everyone deserves access to reliable food. However, some communities in our country struggle with food insecurity. Black communities are disproportionately affected due to systemic racism and economic inequality.

Racism and discrimination

Discrimination based on race affects African Americans' access to employment, housing, and other resources needed for a good, healthy life.

Low wages and unemployment

Black people do not have the same opportunities for good jobs or fair pay as white people. This makes it harder to afford enough healthy food.

Food deserts

Food deserts are areas without grocery stores or other places to buy fresh, healthy foods. Communities that are predominantly Black are more likely to be food deserts.

Ending food insecurity in Black communities

The Feeding America network works alongside Black communities to ensure everyone can access the food and resources they need. Here are a few examples of the work that Feeding America and network members are doing:

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Funding community-led solutions

Feeding America has granted more than $100 million to food banks and community organizations led by or serving Black communities, especially in the rural South.

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Partnering with Black-led programs

Feeding America member food banks partner directly with local Black communities to support their work to address financial and transportation barriers.

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Advocating for policies that end hunger

Food insecurity stems from systemic issues. Feeding America advocates policies addressing root causes like housing and economic opportunity.

Help end hunger in every community

Hunger is a serious problem for Black people, but hope exists. With your help, we can end hunger in every community.


Your donation will support innovative programs that provide food and resources to Black-serving organizations.


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Volunteers are essential for food banks and meal programs to continue to provide access to food for all communities.