Alleghany County residents impacted by food insecurity

veggiesoup_550pxAlleghany 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.

Food Bank employee’s efforts highlighted

Emily Kraft, an employee with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, provides FNS outreach in New Hanover County.  Emily explains the program and helps households with the FNS application.  Her efforts were highlighted in a recent article in the Star News.

Ashe County DSS recognized for FNS outreach

Ashe County Department of Social Services (DSS) was awarded a Hunger Champion Award by the U.S Department of Agriculture earlier this year. The award was in recognition of the county’s efforts to help households enroll in Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) (formerly the Food Stamp Program). The outreach efforts were part of a year-long partnership between Ashe County DSS and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. To read the full article, click here.

Eastern NC experiencing significant food hardship

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

Food Hardship Worsens in North Carolina

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.

FNS4NC Coalition Member Takes Food Stamp Challenge

Tonya Post, FNS4NC Coalition member and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle employee, recently took the food stamp challenge.  Follow her journey by clicking on the links below!
Putting her money where her mouth is
Shopping Day
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Day Seven

Triad families hit hard by the economy

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