Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

49,000,000—number of Americans who could not afford food some time during 2008 (USDA, Household Food Insecurity in the United States, 2008)

16,670,000—number of children who went hungry at some point in 2008 (Ibid)

49,056—Number of households in North Carolina who could not afford food in 2008 (Ibid)

12.2—percentage of U.S. households who could not afford food in 2008 (Ibid)

13.7—percentage of North Carolina households who could not afford food in 2008 (Ibid)

3.9—percentage that food insecurity in North Carolina grew from 1996-2008 (Ibid)

1—rank of North Carolina in fastest growing food insecurity from 1996-2008—tied with Maine and Missouri. (Ibid)

24—percentage increase in monthly food stamp participation in North Carolina from August 2009 to August 2009 (State Health Facts, Kaiser Family Fund)

33—percentage of people in North Carolina eligible for food stamps who do not receive them (USDA Food and Nutrition Service)

874,000,000—–pounds of sweet potatoes produced by North Carolina in 2008 (U.S. Census Bureau News)

1—–North Carolina’s rank in U.S. production of sweet potatoes (N.C. Agricultural Statistics, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)

39,000,000—number of turkeys raised in North Carolina in 2008 (U.S. Census Bureau News)

2—-North Carolina’s rank in U.S. in raising turkeys (N.C. Agricultural Statistics, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)

6—rank of North Carolina in number of migrant farmworkers. (N.C. Farmworker Institute Fact Sheet)

125—number of buckets of sweet potatoes a farmworker must pick and haul to earn $50 (Ibid)

2—weight in tons of 125 buckets of sweet potatoes. (Ibid)

5—-percentage that farmworkers inflation-adjusted wages have fallen in the last decade. (Ibid)

8—percentage of farmworkers covered by employer-provided health insurance (Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Demographics, National Center for Farmworker Health)

5—percent of seasonally-employed farmworkers covered by employer-provided health insurance (Ibid)

5—number out of every 10 farmworkers who cannot afford enough food to feed their families. (Ibid)