The topic of poverty and inequality has gained renewed public interest, and not only affects individuals in low-income households but is an economic cost to society. Furthermore, poverty rates are significantly higher in rural areas. Poverty is geographically intertwined with food in complex and subtle ways.
Mark D. Partridge
The War on Poverty marked a period of rapidly declining poverty rates. However, poverty rates are higher today than in the late 1960s. High poverty brings costs to the broader society. This article offers some suggestions for making tangible reductions in poverty.
One consequence of the Great Recession was record-high levels of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The geography of increased SNAP receipt was uneven during the downturn, and local and regional configurations were at play in shaping this variation.
Amber Canto, Laura E. Brown, and Steven C. Deller
The complex relationships between poverty and health outcomes are well-documented, and promoting access to healthier foods in rural areas may help mitigate the poverty-health relationship. Many complexities in the causes of health outcomes are yet to be understood, however, including the effects of food access in rural areas on poverty and health.