Food Insecurity in Rural Communities
In the U.S., although rural areas grow most of our food, those living in rural areas are also more likely to face hunger. For example, 84 percent of U.S. counties with the highest percentage of childhood hunger are rural. Globally, two-thirds of all people living in extreme poverty live in rural areas.
How Bread Advocates
Hunger in rural areas is a result of farm consolidation and the impact of globalization on manufacturing, which creates rural enclaves of hunger and poverty. Many of these areas are “food deserts” — areas without access to grocery stores or any affordable healthy food. Bread advocates for federal policies that can eliminate “food deserts” and lead to more support for our nation’s farmers.
An Invitation to Advocate Together
Rural communities have been and are actively present and resilient. Discrimination is why women farmers in low-income countries labor with fewer productive resources than their male counterparts. We invite more voices to speak up about “food deserts” in the U.S. and call for an end to hunger in rural communities.