In North Carolina, 1 in 4 children is at risk for hunger.
In our 7 counties alone, over 118,000 children applied to receive free/reduced-price lunch for the 2014-2015 school year. That’s almost 44% of all children in these public school systems that are at risk of hunger. Statewide, the number increases to almost 53% of children seeking free or reduced price lunch.
|Free & Reduced School Lunch Applications|
|County||Total Applications||Total Students||% Need|
(Includes Orange County Schools & Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools)
|Via most recent data (2014-2015 school year) from the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction|
Unfortunately, not all struggling families submit applications. Furthermore, not all 753,817 who applied get qualified for free/reduced-price lunch or for SNAP benefits. Those children depend on organizations like ours – making food banks the safety net for the safety net.
Hungry kids can’t learn or develop normally.
Good nutrition is critical in the first years of life, and childhood food insecurity can lead to developmental, health, and behavioral problems, as well as make it more difficult to concentrate and do well in school. For more information, see Feeding America’s Fact Sheet on the Impact of Hunger on Child Development.
We believe hunger is unacceptable, and so do our friends at No Kid Hungry! Children deserve the chance to have healthy meals and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.
Child Poverty in North Carolina2
- 29.8% of children 0-4 yrs old live below the poverty line
- 25.4% of children 0-18 yrs old live below the poverty line
Learn More and Take Action
To learn how Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is working to ensure kids in our community have enough to eat year round. click here.
You can help raise awareness about child hunger! To learn how, click here.