Candace's aging parents require 24-hour care. Even though Candace is married with three children of her own, she had to move into her parents' house to take care of them. Times get tough, but they are grateful they have the food pantry to help when they otherwise cannot make ends meet.
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:
- 2.4 million rural households face hunger
- Three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas
- 86% of the counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity are rural