Low income residents face an uphill battle. Unfortunately for people of color the need is even greater. Research supports the disparity of income challenges experienced by people of color; in particular African Americans. Housing and food insecurity are impacting families like never before.
Food insecurity is a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity can have a wide impact, depending on each individual’s circumstances. One of the most common, effects of food insecurity are serious health complications, especially when people are forced to choose between spending money on food or medicine and medical care.
Looking at national data regarding food insecurity by race, it is clear that disparities between people of color and their counterparts exist. African Americans are more than twice as likely to face hunger.
In 2018, 53.3 percent of households with incomes below the federal poverty line were food insecure. Rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average for single parent households, and for Black and Hispanic households. Food insecurity was more common in large cities and rural areas than in suburban areas. Overall, an estimated 1 in 9 Americans were food insecure, equating to over 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children.
While we live in a nation of great wealth and the “world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county in America.” More than 37 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including more than 11 million children. This data indicates that food pantries and agencies are necessary to help combat food insecurity We are a part of the strategic programming to improve the current state in Lansing, Michigan, which is a priority for LMTS Community Outreach Services.