Hunger in Our Area

What is the impact of food insecurity in the 34 counties served by the Food Bank?

Although the Food Bank is located in one of the United States’ best places to live, our data and experience show hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. Across our 34-county service area individuals and families are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food to live a healthy, active life, or they went hungry because they had to skip meals. Hunger has grown into an epidemic, and is more prevalent than ever, affecting more than just the families living at or below the poverty line.

Food insecurity has emerged as a defined reality for hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans who, even if they are working, cannot keep food on the table. COVID-19 has caused a 38% increase in the portion of neighbors –working families, children and seniors who struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food on a regular basis. That means approximately 756,320 people (1 in 5 people) may face hunger in 2020, including 253,570 children (1 in 3 children). The Food Bank is working to provide more access to the healthiest food possible to the families we serve, and continuing to build solutions to reduce the existing meal gap.

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People facing hunger across our 34-county service area
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Children facing hunger across our 34-county service area
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Seniors at or below the poverty level across our 34-county service area
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Hours served by volunteers across our 34-county service area last year
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Meals distributed across our 34-county service area last year
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Pounds of produce distributed across our 34-county service area last year