According to Feeding America, 86% of the communities in the United States that face hunger are rural*. Sometimes this seems counter intuitive since many of these rural areas are also farming communities that produce food for the rest of the country.
Part of the reason rural communities have these higher hunger rates, is due to the difficulties living remotely can present. Rural areas have a higher likelihood to also be a food desert (an area which it is difficult to provide affordable or good-quality fresh food). Many rural areas also have a higher unemployment rate.
Our community has a combination of populated and rural areas, both of which unfortunately have families that face hunger. Food for Thought is working to provide food to children not just in the more populated communities, but also within areas in our counties that have less options to receive food.