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Rural Hunger Facts

Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally higher than urban households.

The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers. 

Here are some of the challenges rural areas face that differ from metro/urban areas in several significant ways:

  • Employment is more concentrated in low-wage industries;

  • Unemployment and underemployment are greater;

  • Education levels are lower;

  • Work-support services, such as flexible and affordable child care and public transportation, are less available;

  • The rural marketplace offers less access to communication and transportation networks;


Test your knowledge of poverty in rural America by answering the question below: 



For more information about food insecurity in America and ways to help, go to Feeding America.

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