North Carolina is among the 12 worst states for hunger levels
In September 2016, the USDA reports the percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure in 2015 declined significantly from 2014, to 12.7 percent, continuing a downward trend in food insecurity from a high of 14.9 percent in 2011. While this is good news, the 2015 prevalence of food insecurity was still above the 2007 pre-recessionary level of 11.1 percent. More concerning is that North Carolina food insecurity rates remain above the national average, placing NC in among the most food insecure states. See the summary and links to the full report here.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
1.1 million – The number of people North Carolina’s seven member food banks served in 2013
75% – Percentage of food bank client households who had to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities
73% – N.C. food bank client households who had to choose between paying for food or paying for medical care or medicine
71% – N.C. food bank client households who had to choose between paying for food or paying for transportation
61% – N.C. food bank client households who had to choose between paying for food or paying for housing
22% – N.C. food bank clients who were military veterans (6% of households have a member currently serving)
20% – The percentage of N.C. food bank clients who were age 60 or over
Overall Food Insecurity rates in the 7 counties Inter-Faith Food Shuttle serves:
|IFFS Totals||15.2%||268,850 people|
|Data from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study. Click to experience their interactive map!|
Almost 269,000 residents in the 7 counties IFFS serves are food insecure. Nearly 118,000 of them are children.
Find more research on hunger in NC here.
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