Hunger in North Carolina

North Carolina has one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis:  in NC almost 1 in 4. (24.6%)

Between 2010-16 North Carolina regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages; over 1,764,000 of our neighbors  - nearly one in six.

  • Approximately 160,000 different people in NC receive emergency food assistance in any given weekThis is equivalent to feeding nearly every resident of Asheville, Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City every week.

  • North Carolina also ranks in the fifteen worst states in the percentage of children under 18 who are lacking food on a regular basis.

  • 81% of NC households  receiving food assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

  • 36% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for a lack of food to give them.

  • 73% of the NC households we serve have had to choose between paying for food or paying for health care or medicine.
  • 75% of households served by food banks have had to choose between buying food and heating their homes.

  • 61% of families served by food banks have been forced to choose between paying for food or paying for housing.

  • An estimated 22% of client households have a member who has served in the military; 6% have a member currently serving.

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