In the Brazos Valley, all counties are considered rural, expect for Brazos. That means that Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Robertson and Washington Counties are rural.
Rural communities are close-knit and include informal social support systems, like friends and family. And, rural communities are a great place to raise children because they are generally quite and safe.
Feeding America, the national food bank network, surveyed rural residents facing hunger in 2020, to find out more about what their experience is like. They agreed about the positive of rural life. But, they also identified some challenges, such as limited employment opportunities, affordable housing, and lack of organized activities for children after school hours. And, unique to the rural setting is that most employment opportunities, community resources and food retail establishments are far away, making it difficult to obtain healthy and affordable food (Source: Examining Food Insecurity in Rural United States: A Qualitative Study: Feeding America, February 2020)
Click this link from Feeding America to learn more about rural hunger in America: Rural Hunger
The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. We are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.
Click here to learn more about rural hunger in America from RHI Hub.