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New USDA Hunger Report Shows Nearly 1 in 5 Households in North Carolina Are Food Insecure

The United States Department of Agriculture released a new report today showing that 17.1 percent of households in North Carolina are experiencing food insecurity. The food insecurity rate for North Carolina is 2.4 percentage points above the national average. With this new data, policymakers should be reluctant to create barriers to food assistance and instead focus on job creation. Last November, research  by the Budget and Tax Center showed that the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)—previously known as food stamps—stemmed the negative effects of unemployment for more than one million North Carolinians over the last several years. Although SNAP is funded by the federal government, the state of North Carolina and its 100 counties play a crucial role in supporting anti-hunger programs for the more than 636,000 households facing food insecurity in North Carolina.

7 Comments


  1. Alex

    September 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I’m not sure what I’m having for dinner ! Would i be labeled by the government as food insecure ?

  2. TazraM

    September 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    The fact that there are hungry kids and adults in this developed country is certainly disheartening & unnerving–not to mention fixable. This fact, however, is certainly not joke worthy.

  3. Alex

    September 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Tazra, the government has been talking about this war on poverty since 1965, and since then it has spent trillions of dollars trying to correct it, and it’s worse now than it was then. That’s what I’m poking fun at, not at the people affected !

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  5. Adam Searing

    September 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    “Alex” – since you are a fake person, why not just make up some more so-called facts? It shouldn’t matter to you! Too bad you won’t be honest about who you are.

  6. Alex

    September 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    You love to call someone names, but you never present any facts Adam. Are you scared to put facts on the table because you know I will question them ? There is nothing in my statement above that is incorrect and you know it.

  7. Adam Searing

    September 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    “Alex” – come clean, buddy, come clean! You know it will feel good to tell the truth about who you are. Just think of the relief from not having to hide anymore man – think of the relief!

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