Alleghany County residents are feeling the effects of the downturn in the economy. For these residents, knowing where their next meal will come free or even when they might eat again is a difficult reality. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina works with community groups in Alleghany County to help address this problem, known as food insecurity. Food & Nutrition Services, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, also serves to alleviate food insecurity. However, in Alleghany County, only 44% of persons eligible for Food & Nutrition Services are enrolled. Participation among seniors is even lower, 27%. To read the full article in The Alleghany News, click here.
The recently released report by the Food Research & Action Center indicates that nearly one in three Eastern North Carolinians experienced food hardship in 2010. The state’s 1st congressional district ranks second among all 436 congressional districts in the country for food hardship. G.K. Butterfield, representative of the state’s 1st congressional district, recognizes the importance of federal nutrition programs to address the growing hunger problem. Rep. Butterfield states that while cuts need to be made to the federal budget, these cuts should not fall on low-income families. Read the full article at ENCToday.com.
A recent report by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) reveals that North Carolina ranks 6th in the nation for food hardship, a downward trend from the state’s ranking as 9th in the nation in 2009. Among the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) with the highest food hardship rates, Winston-Salem, Greensboro-High Point, and Asheville ranked 3rd, 4th, and 7th, respectively. These numbers highlight the importance of federal nutrition programs, such as Food & Nutrition Services, as well as the role that food banks play in addressing the hunger needs of North Carolinians. Read the full report here.
The economic recession gripping the nation is having ripple effects in North Carolina with higher unemployment rates and a rise in poverty. These conditions have meant more people are in need of food assistance. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is now serving one in eight people in the Triad region, and participation in Food & Nutrition Services (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is rapidly increasing in the region and throughout the state. Read more on this story in the Greensboro News & Record