Race & Ethnicity and Food Insecurity


A family receives groceries from a person in a food truck

Food insecurity is influenced by drivers including poverty, unemployment, and household assets. A long history of racism and structural oppression has been perpetuated through policies that have caused many communities of color to face disparities in those drivers and, in turn, food insecurity itself. To better understand these disparities, Feeding America conducts research exploring the intersection of race & ethnicity and food insecurity. 


Featured Research
a view of the Map the Meal Gap interactive showing Hispanic data
Map the Meal Gap

For the first time in the study’s history, Map the Meal Gap 2022 included local food insecurity estimates for several racial and ethnic groups. Explore the interactive map to see how food insecurity differs within Black, Latino, and white communities, and read our most recent report which includes findings and analysis from the study, along with national-level insights about food insecurity among Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American communities.




The landing view of the Identifying Racism in the Drivers of Food Insecurity dashboard on Tableau Public
Identifying Racism in the Drivers of Food Insecurity

Individuals experience food insecurity within the context of their community and broader environment. Associations between household characteristics and increased risk of food insecurity often reflect underlying inequalities, such as longstanding economic and social disadvantage resulting form systemic racism.

To explore the five drivers that have been directly linked to food insecurity, access our interactive dashboard found on Feeding America's Tableau Public profile.


Additional Available Research


Learn about how Asian AmericanBlackLatino, and Native American communities experience food insecurity.

View our 2010 study, in partnership with the Urban Institute, examining the ways that federal food assistance programs help Latino children and their families.