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

GovPatMcCrorySEPTEMBER 15, 2014 • ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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.

– See more at: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20140915/governors-mansion-lit-orange-raise-awareness-hunger-action-month#sthash.FHynypmR.dpuf

 

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.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/09/4136938/north-carolinas-shameful-place.html?sp=/99/108/#storylink=cpy

 

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.”

More at: http://ngmbeta.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/articles/new-face-of-hunger/

FEEDING AMERICAN RELEASES NEW HUNGER IN AMERICA STUDY

HIA-2014-logo-transparent-175Hunger in America is a series of quadrennial studies that provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and an in-depth analysis of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network that provide this assistance. It is the largest study of its kind.

The 2014 study reveals that each year, the Feeding America network of food banks provides service to 46.5 million people in need across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Through a network of 58,000 pantries, meal service programs, and other charitable food programs, the Feeding America network reaches people in need in every community across the U.S.

In North Carolina the seven Feeding America food bank members served about 1.4 million of our hungry neighbors; nearly 160,000 people per week. To read more see:

http://help.feedingamerica.org/site/PageServer/?pagename=HIA_hunger_in_america&s_src=W148DIRCT&s_subsrc=Feeding%20America&_ga=1.48187623.1386983034.1396871018

The New Face of Hunger– National Geographic

By Tracie McNew Face of HungerMillan

Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: One-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat.

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.

Read more at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/hunger/

Helping Fill the Summer Meal Gap

Food banks and hunger-relief organizations are critical to the safety net for people, and especially children, who are affected by food insecurity.

By Hyun Namkoong       June 30, 2014

On a hot summer evening in June, a group of children waited in the parking lot of a low-income community in Holly Springs to sign up for hot meals and one-on-one reading assistance from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Read and Feed.

Bright-orange cones sectioned off a safe area for kids to gather and eat beef stroganoff, honey dew melon and salad from the IFFS Mobile Tastiness Machine, and to take home classic children’s books such as Where the Wild Things Are from Read and Feed’s bookmobile.

A volunteer from InterFaith Food Shuttle shows off the day’s offering of beef stroganoff, salad and melon
Terri Hutter, food service chief from Inter-Faith Food Shuttle shows off the day’s offering of beef stroganoff, salad and melon. Photo credit: Hyun Namkoong
The Mobile Tastiness Machine is a colorfully painted food truck that makes daily rounds, Monday to Friday, delivering lunch and dinner to locations in Wake and Durham counties.

The Read and Feed’s big and, thankfully, air-conditioned bookmobile houses a small library and desks and chairs for the children and volunteers, many of whom are school teachers who help the kids maintain their reading levels during the summer holidays.

 

Governor McCrory Proclaims “Stop Summer Hunger Month”

Two-little-girlsWHEREAS, North Carolina’s traditional school calendars end in the month of June and the majority of food-insecure, school-age children who receive free and reduced lunch are not guaranteed breakfast and lunch during their summer break; and

WHEREAS, of the 671,000 low-income children in North Carolina who receive lunch assistance during the school year, only 98,000 will be able to participate in feeding programs this summer; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is committed to working with NC ASSOCIATION of FEEDING AMERICA FOOD BANKS, and the citizens of North Carolina, to educate about the critical need to support the State’s food banks in their efforts to address hunger and raise awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to changing the rules regarding summer programs for school-age children;

NOW, THEREFORE,I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim June 2014, as “STOP SUMMER HUNGER MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
See more at:http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/proclamation/20140601/stop-summer-hunger-month#sthash.wB0y49an.dpuf

Child Nutrition a Year-Round Need in N.C.

By Alan Briggs, Executive Director, NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks

There has been a lot of attention the last few years to the food we are serving our children in school. We passionately debate things like whole grains and sodium content or the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables.

We also appreciate the attention that our food banks receive for our popular BackPack programs. There is wide support for this effort to send a backpack of food home with needy children on Fridays to help them eat through the weekend.

What is sadly and strangely missing from that conversation is a discussion of what we are feeding children over the summer, and unfortunately the answer is not much.

Over 671,000 low-income children in North Carolina receive lunch assistance during the school year, but just 98,000 will be able to participate in feeding programs this summer. Research has found that children consume up to 50 percent of their total daily calories at school during the school year. What happens to children whose families don’t have the resources to make up that 50 percent on a summer day?

North Carolina’s Feeding America Food Banks and other charities do their part to try to close the summer hunger gap by operating summer feeding programs throughout our state. But there is currently no way we will be able to reach the 85 percent of kids not being served without greater flexibility in the ways and places we are allowed to reach them.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/02/3906587/child-nutrition-a-year-round-need.html?sp=/99/108/#storylink=cpy

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN MILK DRIVE

Great American Milk driveThe Great American Milk Drive is a national campaign by Feeding America to secure highly desired gallons of nutrient-rich milk for millions of hungry families—made possible by the nation’s milk companies and dairy farmers. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies.

Milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That will soon change, thanks to The Great American Milk Drive , the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.

YOU CAN HELP WITH A CLICK HERE:  http://milklife.com/give OR WITH A TEXT MESSAGE (text “Milk” to 27722)