Archives for September 2014

Lending a Hand to Stop Hunger

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Governor’s Mansion Lit in Orange to Raise Awareness for Hunger Action Month


Raleigh, N.C. – Governor McCrory has ordered the Executive Mansion to be lit in orange light this evening in recognition of September as “Hunger Action Month.”

Lt. Governor Dan Forest will also illuminate his office, the Hawkins-Hartness House in Raleigh.

The governor reiterated North Carolina’s commitment to raise awareness about hunger and build attention for activities and steps being taken to feed those in need. He noted that in 2013, N.C. Feeding America food fed about 1.4 million individuals across all 100 counties.

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North Carolina’s shameful place among nation’s hungriest states

Senior-Couple-with-HensNews and Observer    September 10, 2014  by Alan Briggs

In a world of constant news events, chronic issues struggle for attention. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its most recent report on food insecurity in America. North Carolina was reminded again of the sad reality that 1 in 6 of our neighbors struggle to find enough to eat each month. Sadder still, 1 in 4 children lack adequate nutrition, too. Hardly breaking news, but a deep tragedy all the same.

Again North Carolina was among the five worst states for hunger levels among both adults and children at 17.3 percent – nearly 650,000 of us. That left us behind Arkansas, Mississippi and just below Texas – nothing like the sort of 10 Best lists that we are so accustomed to.

Regardless of political views, most would agree that long-term answers to hunger lie in education and jobs. Those of us engaged in hunger charities long for the day when everyone is able to obtain enough for themselves and their families to eat.

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The New Face of Hunger

Nat Geo pictureAUGUST 2014   By Tracie McMillan

On a gold-gray morning in Mitchell County, Iowa, Christina Dreier sends her son, Keagan, to school without breakfast. He is three years old, barrel-chested, and stubborn, and usually refuses to eat the free meal he qualifies for at preschool. Faced with a dwindling pantry, Dreier has decided to try some tough love: If she sends Keagan to school hungry, maybe he’ll eat the free breakfast, which will leave more food at home for lunch.

Dreier knows her gambit might backfire, and it does. Keagan ignores the school breakfast on offer and is so hungry by lunchtime that Dreier picks through the dregs of her freezer in hopes of filling him and his little sister up. She shakes the last seven chicken nuggets onto a battered baking sheet, adds the remnants of a bag of Tater Tots and a couple of hot dogs from the fridge, and slides it all into the oven. She’s gone through most of the food she got last week from a local food pantry; her own lunch will be the bits of potato left on the kids’ plates. “I eat lunch if there’s enough,” she says. “But the kids are the most important. They have to eat first.”

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