Monday numbers

Monday numbers

ff-hunger630,000—number of households in North Carolina in which people do not have enough food to eat (“Hunger in the Tar Heel State, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, November 2016)

8—rank of North Carolina among the 50 states with the highest levels of food insecurity (Ibid)

24.6—percentage of children in North Carolina who are food insecure on a regular basis (“Food Hardship in America 2015 Report, Food Research and Action Center)

96—percentage of families with very low food insecurity who skip meals to make food supplies last longer (Ibid)

160,000—number of people who receive emergency food assistance in North Carolina in any given week (Ibid)

81—percentage of NC households receiving food assistance who don’t know where their next meal is coming from (Ibid)

36—percentage of food pantries in NC that have had to turn people away for a lack of food to give them (North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks)

73—percentage of households served by food banks in North Carolina that have had to choose between paying for food or paying for health care or medicine (Ibid)

75—percentage of households served by food banks in North Carolina that have had to choose between buying food and heating their homes (Ibid)

61—percentage of households served by food banks in North Carolina that have been forced to choose between paying for food or paying for housing (Ibid)

22—percentage of households served by food banks in North Carolina that have a member who has served in the military (Ibid)

77—number of struggling counties in North Carolina where low-income adults lost access to federal SNAP food benefits thanks to legislation passed by the General Assembly (“Hunger in the Tar Heel State, N.C. Budget & Tax Center, November 2016)

75—percentage of public school teachers who see students regularly come to school hungry (“Hunger Devastates Children; Facts on Childhood Hunger in America,” No Kid Hungry)

81—percentage of public school teachers who say it happens at least once a week (Ibid)