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Monday numbers: A closer look at hunger and the need to support North Carolina’s food banks

[1]This week, as many gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we are reminded of those who are less fortunate. North Carolina has the dubious distinction of being the tenth hungriest state in the nation.

Underemployment, stagnant wages, soaring housing costs often mean that low-income families are turning to the regional food banks and local pantries to get enough food to make it to the end of the month.

Here’s a closer look at food insecurity in our state with data provided by the Feeding America [2] network .

37 million – According to the USDA’s 2019 Household Food Insecurity in the United States report [3], more than 37 million people in the United States struggle with hunger.

1,503,050 – the number of people in North Carolina who are struggling with hunger

461,630 – the number of children in North Carolina who face food insecurity

13.9 % – the food insecurity rate in North Carolina

735,321,000 – People facing hunger in North Carolina are estimated to report needing $735,321,000 more per year to meet their food needs.

40.3 – the percentage of households receiving SNAP benefits that have children

$1.70 – Economists estimate that every dollar a household redeems through SNAP generates about $1.70 in economic activity.

$1,870,952,293 – distributed through SNAP generated $3,180,618,898 in economic activity in North Carolina.

7 – the number of Feeding America Food Banks that serve North Carolina

68,633,529 – The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina provided nearly 69 million meals to families and individuals last year (Source: https://foodbankcenc.org/ [4])

590,320 – Nearly 600,000 people face hunger across the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s [5] 34-county service area

4,424,363 – Each year, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle [6] distributes 4,424,363 meals to people struggling with hunger.

5,437,553 – Each year, Food Bank of the Albemarle distributes 5,437,553 meals to people struggling with hunger.

42,857,791 – Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributes 42,857,791 meals to people struggling with hunger.

31,619,406 – Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina distributes 31,619,406 meals to people struggling with hunger.

13,488,354 – Each year, MANNA FoodBank distributes 13,488,354 meals to people struggling with hunger.

3,100,000 (including 106,000 North Carolinians) – number of Americans who would lose SNAP benefits under the latest restrictive Trump administration proposal (Source: N.C. Budget & Tax Center [7])