In a growing state, a growing hunger
Published: July 27, 2013
By Gene Nichol
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
It was always a good day when my mother came home with bags of groceries. Everybody was happy that day – until she had to start worrying about how to put food on the table again as a single mom working full-time. I can’t think of too many things more demoralizing for a parent than struggling to put food on the table, and now, thanks to 36 members of the House Committee on Agriculture, it will be harder than ever for vulnerable families to feed their children.
By Alan Briggs, Executive Director N.C. Assoc of Food Banks
North Carolina’s seven food banks see firsthand the effect the nation’s struggling economy has had on our neighbors. Many families are still hurting from the impact of high and prolonged unemployment, reduced hours and wages or the struggle to live on a single salary.
North Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates and percentage of citizens experiencing food hardship in the nation. This is especially true for children under age 5 and our seniors.
Food banks across the nation continue to see unprecedented need. The number of people seeking emergency food assistance from the Feeding America network of food banks ballooned by 46 percent from 2006 to 2010. In North Carolina the growth was higher.