Hunger in rural communities

Many rural and farm communities — the very places where crops are grown to feed the world — face hunger. It seems impossible, but in lands of plenty, hunger pains can be the sharpest.

Millions of people in rural communities face hunger

People who live in rural areas often face hunger at higher rates than people who live in urban areas. Living in a rural community comes with unique challenges. This includes a lack of transportation when the nearest grocery store, food pantry, or food bank is potentially hours away, job opportunities that are more concentrated in low-wage industries, and higher rates of unemployment and underemployment.

  • 2.2 million households in rural communities face hunger
  • Rural communities make up 63% of counties in the United States and 87% of counties with the highest rates of overall food insecurity
  • 86% of the counties with the highest percentage of children at risk for food insecurity are rural
  • Poverty is worse in rural communities than in urban communities. In 2019, 13.3% of all people in rural areas lived below the poverty line compared to 10.0% of people in urban areas.



Feeding America and member food banks feed our neighbors in rural communities

Feeding America is committed to reaching everyone who faces hunger regardless of where they live. Food banks in the Feeding America network that serve rural communities may: