Hunger Facts


  • In 2012, North Carolina ranked 10th in the nation for food hardship, with 21.6% of the state’s residents affected.1  This figure represents slightly more than 2 million people.

  • The 2013 poverty rate for the state was 17.9%, with nearly 1.8 million North Carolina residents living below the poverty level. 2

  • Approximately 42% of North Carolina residents live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.3  In North Carolina, households with a gross income of 200% or less of the federal poverty level are potentially eligible for Food & Nutrition Services (FNS).

  1. Food Research and Action Center (2013) Food Hardship in America 2012: Data for the Nation, States, 100 MSAs, and Every Congressional District,
  2. American Community Survey,
  3. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, North Carolina: Demographics and the Economy (2009–2010),

To learn more facts about FNS in North Carolina, click here.