Food insecurity exists in every community in the United States, however, people who live in rural communities face a greater risk. Sixty-three percent of all the counties in the U.S. are considered rural. Within these areas, nearly 7 million Americans are experiencing poverty. Consequently, 15% of rural households, which is nearly 3 million, are food insecure. It may seem ironic that the areas that grow much of our nation’s food are going hungry, but this is a much more complex issue than it first appears.

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