African Americans are two times as likely as whites to face very low food security
The higher rates of poverty and hunger among African Americans are direct results of systemic inequity through racial and gender discrimination. While the United States has an overall poverty rate of 12.3 percent, according to the U.S. Census, within the African American community, the poverty rate is 21.2 percent. This rate is even higher in African American female-headed households at 30.3 percent.
Only 8 percent of African Americans live in areas with a supermarket, compared to 31 percent of whites.
Almost 94 percent of the nation’s majority African American counties are food-insecure.
Source: Bread for the world
Lower Employment and Income Among African American Women Lead Households
Due to racial inequity, African Americans are more likely to be unemployed, and to hold low-wage jobs with few or no benefits. 6.3 percent of African Americans are unemployed, not including part-time workers seeking full-time work or those returning from incarceration.
Unemployment among African American returning citizens is 2 times higher than white returning citizens (44 percent of African American women are unemployed compared to 23 percent of white women and 35 percent of African American men are unemployed compared to 18 percent of white men)
Source: Bread of the World
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