African American Hunger Facts

May 10, 2018
  • Description

While hunger has no boundaries, it does impact some communities more than others. African Americans are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty.

*The food insecurity rate among African-American, non-Hispanic households is more than double that of White, non-Hispanic households.

*An estimated 1 in 4 (23%) African-American, non-Hispanic households is food insecure as compared to 1 in 11 (9%) White, non-Hispanic households and 1 in 8 (12%) households overall.

*An estimated 1 in 4 (26%) African-American, non-Hispanic children live in food-insecure households as compared to 1 in 8 (13%) White, non-Hispanic children.

*While the 94 counties in 2016 with a majority African-American, non-Hispanic population represent only 3% of all U.S. counties, 96% of African-American, non-Hispanic majority counties fall into the top 10% of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity. Majority African-American, non-Hispanic counties, however, have an average unemployment rate (8%) and poverty rate (29%) that, while substantially higher than the average of all counties (5% and 16%,respectively) are roughly the same as all high food-insecurity rate counties (7% and 28%, respectively).

*Of the 10 counties with the highest food-insecurity rates in the nation, they are all at least 60% African-American, non-Hispanic. Seven of the 10 counties are located in Mississippi.

*Thirty-six out of the 90 majority African-American, non-Hispanic counties that fall into the top 10% of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity also have food costs that are greater than the national average of $3.00; the average cost per meal in these counties is $3.14.