Millions of rural children struggle with hunger
People who live in rural areas often face hunger at higher rates, in part because of the unique challenges living remotely presents. These challenges include an increased likelihood of food deserts with the nearest food pantry or food bank potentially hours away, job opportunities that are more concentrated in low-wage industries, and higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. This can make hunger in rural areas a unique challenge:
- 2.3 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.