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;
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