Hunger in North Carolina

Hunger in North Carolina

  • North Carolina and Louisiana lead the nation with the highest percentage of children under 5 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis:  in N.C. over 1 in 4. (27.6%)

 Between 2010-13 North Carolina ranked among the top five states  with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages.

  • NC has several cities with some the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation: Asheville, Greensboro, HighPoint and Winston-Salem.

  •  Approximately 170,200 different people in NC receive emergency food assistance in any given week. This is equivalent to the entire current undergraduate enrollment of all 16 colleges and universities that make up the overall University of North Carolina system.

  • North Carolina ranks in the ten worst states in the percentage of children under 18 who are lacking food on a regular basis.

  • 80% of NC households with children and receiving food assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

  • 28% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for lack of food.

  • 42% of families served by food banks have had to choose between buying food and heating their homes.

  • 35% of families served by food banks have been forced to choose between paying for food or for their rent/mortgage.

Data is from 2010 Hunger in America Study, by Feeding America and the Food Hardship in America 2012 Report from the Food Research and Action Center.


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