Millions of people in rural communities 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 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.