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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