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Hunger Disproportionately Affects Blacks

Hunger in America: Food Insecurity disproportionately affects African-Americans
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New research on food insecurity in the U.S. finds that African-Americans are disproportionately affected, with over 25 percent of all Black households lacking access to enough food to live a healthy lifestyle.

The data stems from a recent study called “Map the Meal Gap,” set to be released Monday by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

“Millions of Americans live at risk of hunger,” says Bob Aiken, Feeding America’s president and CEO.

Research shows that many of the millions Aiken mentions are Black families who lack the income or resources necessary to maintain a healthy diet or gain access to food.

As a result, the organization says, one in three African-American children live in food insecure households where many are families served by Feeding America or its affiliates.

The data compiled and distributed by Feeding America comes from raw national statistics provided by the federal government, then analyzed by the organization’s researchers on a congressional district and county level.

Results of this year’s “Meal Gap” study — the third done by the organization — show a number of African-Americans who are food insecure – with Black households more than twice as likely to face food insecurity as white, non-Hispanic homes.

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