Inequities Faced by People of Color Impact Food Security

Everyone deserves access to reliable food. However, some communities in our country struggle with food insecurity. Black communities are disproportionately affected due to systemic racism and economic inequality. 

The estimated prevalence of food insecurity for Black, non-Hispanic households was higher than the national average due to health disparities exacerbated by forms of racial discrimination. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Black households experienced higher rates of food insecurity when compared to other populations in the United States.


Recent numbers show the overall national poverty rate increased from 10.5% to 11%, a much smaller increase than expected due to expanded federal aid in response to the COVID-19-induced recession. Those overall statistics, however, hide an enduring and pervasive pattern: In both good economic times and bad, Black and Hispanic families consistently experience crisis-level rates of poverty and food insecurity, especially when compared to their white counterparts. While these are national data, local numbers show trends as similar here in Larimer County.

Staggering Statistics

      • In 2022, 1 in 5 Black people in the United States experienced food insecurity. According to the USDA, nearly 9 million Black people nationwide could not access enough food to lead a healthy, active life.

      • Black children are more likely to experience food insecurity than children of other races. In 2022, 29% of Black children lived in food insecure households. That’s 1 in three Black children without reliable access to food.

      • Black families are far more likely to experience poverty. While the United States has an overall poverty rate of 11.5%, within the Black community, the poverty rate is 17.1%.

    Causes of Food Insecurity in Black Communities

    1. Racism and discrimination
      Discrimination based on race affects African Americans’ access to employment, housing, and other resources needed for a good, healthy life. According to equity indicators reported by the City of Fort Collins, Black individuals experienced the most negative outcomes at multiple points in the criminal justice system. While zero percent of non-Hispanic white individuals charged with crimes reported experiencing negative outcomes and perceptions within the domain of the criminal justice system (11% positive outcomes), 86% of Black individuals charged with crimes reported experiencing negative outcomes and perceptions within the domain of the criminal justice system and zero percent reported positive outcomes.


    2. Low Wages and Unemployment 
      Black people do not have the same opportunities for good jobs or fair pay as white people do. This makes it harder to afford enough healthy food. In Larimer County, the Black community makes up only 1.5% of the population yet 22.5% of this population live in poverty. On the contrast, non-Hispanic white people make up 81% of the County’s population and 15% live in poverty.

      Related, the median household income for Black households remains substantially lower than that of white, non-Hispanic households. The median household income in Larimer County in 2019 was $71,881 with white households at $72,586 and Black households at $51,107. Household income is the combined gross cash income of all members of a household. The Census Bureau defines a household as “a group of people living under the same roof whether they’re related or not.”


    3. Food Deserts
      Food deserts also known as food apartheids, are areas without nearby grocery stores or other places to buy fresh, healthy foods. Communities of color, including those that are predominantly Black, are more likely to live in and around food deserts.

      The below map shows the locations of food deserts in Larimer County; the highlighted areas include the area of the county north of Colorado State Highway 14 and west of CO State Highway 287. This includes the Red Feather Lakes area. Additionally, neighborhoods in Loveland, Fort Collins, and Estes Park are highlights. The purple stars placed on the food desert map denote the locations of the Food Bank for Larimer County’s two No-Cost Markets and Food Share locations in Fort Collins and Loveland.


    About the Food Bank for Larimer County

    Our mission is to provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs. When we consider the gaps that exist when it comes to the increased need for our clients of color, we aim to continually educate our staff, volunteers, and stakeholders as a whole to bring awareness to the inequities some populations face.

    To achieve our mission, we’ve been busy expanding our partnerships and adding new programming, including our regular Mobile Pantries and Kids Cafe food truck (known as The Lunch Lab). We’re also working to expand our capacity and considering new opportunities for distributing food that will increase access to more people who need food assistance now and in the future.



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    The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, May 25. 

    Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, May 27.


    El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 25 de mayo y lunes, 27 de mayo.


    A full closure of northbound College Ave. in Fort Collins will affect easy/regular access to our Food Share location at 1301 Blue Spruce from April 15 – 19. Plan accordingly. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The Loveland Fresh Food Share has closed early Saturday, Feb. 24. It will re-open during regular business hours Tuesday. 


    The Food Bank Food Share location at both Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) and Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) are closed Saturday, April 6.

    Administrative Offices at Wright Drive in Loveland are closed Friday, April 5. 


    Las ubicaciones de Food Share del Banco de Alimentos en Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) y Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) estarán cerradas el sábado 6 de abril.

    Las oficinas administrativas en Wright Drive en Loveland estarán cerradas el viernes 5 de abril.

    Due to inclement weather, the Food Bank’s office and Fresh Food Shares will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16.
    Normal business hours will resume at all locations Wednesday.
    Please stay warm! 
    Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, la oficina del Banco de Comida y Fresh Food Shares estarán cerradas el martes 16 de enero.
    El horario comercial normal se reanudará en todas las ubicaciones el miércoles.
    ¡Manténgase abrigado!

    Due to winter holidays, please observe the changes in our regular schedule listed below:


    Dec. 23-26: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

    Dec. 27-29: OPEN Regular Hours

    Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

    Jan. 2: OPEN – Resume Regular Hours


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    Be aware of altered Food Share hours during the week of

    Monday, November 20 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Tuesday, November 21 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Wednesday, November 22 | OPEN | noon – 3:00 pm
    Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
    Friday, November 24 | CLOSED
    Saturday, November 25 | CLOSED
    Sunday, November 26 | CLOSED
    Monday, November 27 | CLOSED – Regular schedule resumes

    If there is a government shutdown...

    The most important thing for you to know, is the Food Bank for Larimer County IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. No matter what happens, we will remain open and available to support you. 

    There will be other changes you’ll need to know about.  Click here to learn more. 

    Si hay un cierre del gobierno...

    Lo más importante que debe saber es que el Banco de Comida del Condado de Larimer NO ES UNA AGENCIA GOBERNAMENTAL. Pase lo que pase, permaneceremos abiertos y disponibles para apoyarlos.

    Habrá otros cambios que necesitarás conocer. Clic aquí para saber más.

    The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, September 2. 

    Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 4.


    El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 2 de septiembre y lunes, 4 de septiembre.

    Food Bank for Larimer County is closed Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

    Banco de comida ester estará cerrado el miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2023.