In a growing state, a growing hunger

In a growing state, a growing hunger

Published: July 27, 2013 
By Gene Nichol

Growing Hunger

It’s important to sit down before reading about hunger in North Carolina. The federal government uses the odd term, “food insecurity,” to measure hunger. It refers to “limited availability of adequate safe food” and the “uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods.” For non-bureaucrats, it means during the past 12 months there have been significant periods in which your family couldn’t get enough to eat. In the richest nation on earth, 50 million of us fall under that unhappy designation. Seventeen million kids

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 Legal Feeding Frenzy Logo - WEB

No one should go hungry, especially children.

That is why Attorney General Roy Cooper is joining forces with the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association and the N.C. Association of Food Banks for the 2013 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy.

 The food and fund drive competition between North Carolina law firms and organizations, which runs from March 18 to April 5, will assist North Carolina’s Feeding America Food Banks.

To register for the competition or to get more information go to


NJ mayor to live on food stamps

NJ mayor to live on food stamps starting Tuesday

Published – Nov 29 2012 06:48PM EST

KATIE ZEZIMA, Associated Press

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, greets 13-year-old Blonbzell Taylor outside of Clinton Hill...(Associated Press)In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, greets 13-year-old Blonbzell Taylor outside of Clinton Hill Community Resource Center, where residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy received clothing donations in Newark, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mayor Cory Booker said he will live on food stamps for a week starting Tuesday.

Booker told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will honor the challenge he made to a Twitter follower earlier this month and try living on the monetary equivalent of food stamps for at least a week.

“December 4 to 11. Seven days,” Booker said after the ribbon cutting for new loft apartments in Newark. He said he will be limited to $1.40 for each meal.

The North Carolina woman Booker challenged plans to accept, but she is not sure she will do it next week.

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Goldsboro rickshaws bring produce to poor neighborhoods

By Jay Price The News and Observer

GOLDSBORO — An idealistic partnership of academics, community leaders and local teens here is trying a novel solution to the national problem of poor nutrition in low-income neighborhoods: rickshaws.
Or rather, teenage food ambassadors on rickshaws, delivering farmers market produce to areas where places to buy fresh vegetables are scarce. Along the way, they spread information about healthy eating.
The Produce Ped’lers bike delivery program made its first delivery rides Wednesday. The riders loaded up vegetables, peaches and melons at a small farmers market in Herman Park in Goldsboro in the morning, then rolled into low-income neighborhoods. They stopped at homes and shops to deliver pre-ordered vegetables, talked to potential customers sitting on front porches and were themselves questioned by others who wondered aloud what the heck they were up to on those strange machines.

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Summer food programs seeking new ways to assist children


Summer food programs seeking new ways to assist children

Michelle Berrios, 9, enjoys a do-it-yourself pizza as part of the summer food program at Greenbrier Learning Center in Arlington, Va.By John McAuliff, USA TODAY

Summer food programs aiming to keep U.S. children from going hungry have grown 25% in the last five years amid a nationwide push by local food banks to change the way they serve food to needy people.
  • The programs try to close the nation’s hunger gap by bringing food to children across the USA. Run by small charities that collect food donations and funded primarily by the federal government, the programs offer a safe location for children to eat lunch and get free food to take home to their families.

1 in 4 Asheville Area Residents Struggling to Afford Food

Nearly one in every four people in the Asheville metropolitan area is struggling to afford food. That is a disgrace that cannot be tolerated.

The 23.8 percent figure for Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison counties in 2011 ranked the area as third-worst in the U.S., behind Bakersfield and Fresno in California.

Read the entire editorial at the Asheville Citizen