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Racial Discrepancies in Food Security

The list below shows the evident discrepancies in food security among white and black households.

  • During the pandemic, Black families with children have reported hunger at rates three times those of white families.

  • Black families in the US have gone hungry at two to three times the rate of white families over the course of the pandemic, according to new analysis which suggests political squabbling over Covid aid exacerbated a crisis that left millions of children without enough to eat

  • An investigation into food poverty by the Guardian and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University found gaping racial inequalities in access to adequate nutrition that threatens the long-term prospects of a generation of Black and brown children

  • Hunger – defined as not having enough to eat sometimes or often during the previous week – has been reported between 19% and 29% of Black households with children over the course of the pandemic. This compares with 7% to 14% of white American families.

  • Latino families have experienced the second highest rates of hunger, ranging from 16% to 25% nationally.

  • Racial disparities varied across states: Black families in Texas reported hunger at four times the rate of white families in some weeks, as did Latinos in New York

  • When the pandemic struck, the average Black family had $1,500 in emergency savings, whereas a typical white family had more than five times that amount, according to the Federal Reserve. Only 10% of Latino families had enough savings to cover six months of expenses, compared with 36% of white families.

  • As many as 43% of Black households with children have been food insecure during the course of the pandemic – the highest rate nationally for any community since records began. Despite a substantial fall last month, about one in three Black and Latino families are still food insecure.

  • Since Christmas, food insecurity has fallen by 35% among white families, compared to 26% of Black families, 21% of Asian Americans and 15% for Latinos.

Food insecurity is not only a national crisis, it's also a social justice issue - one that's solvable within the next decade. The world grows enough food to feed well over 9 billion people. If our country can get behind this issue and create a more equitable food system for all Americans, food insecurity can become a vestige of the past.


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Food Insecurity readings and research use a variety of confusing acronyms. To make these readings more inclusive, I have complied a guide of commonly used acronyms I have come across: FI: Food Insecur


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