Hunger runs deep in the communities working hardest to feed us

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 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.

Feeding our rural neighbors

Feeding America is committed to reaching everyone who faces hunger. Currently, 96% of the food banks in the Feeding America network operate a mobile pantry program, bringing food distribution sites to the hard-to-reach places that need it the most. These food banks are on the ground in every county in America helping millions of people each year. To maximize the amount of people we can serve, we need your help.

Give to Feeding America today

Give to Feeding America today — every dollar donated helps the Feeding America network of food banks secure and distribute at least 10 meals to people facing hunger — including our rural neighbors like Candace.

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