Every night, people in almost 630,000 North Carolina households don‚Äôt have enough to eat. North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. A food-secure household means that all members of the home have access to enough healthy and nutritious food to support an active and healthy lifestyle. Homes that have low food security often must make tough choices about the amount and quality of food they are able to provide their families. Homes that are considered to have ‚Äúvery low‚Äù food security often miss meals. According to the USDA, in the past year, more than 90 percent of these families worried that food would run out, nearly 80 percent could not afford a balanced meal, and people in 96 percent of homes with very low food security skipped meals in order to make food stretch.
Food insecurity does not affect everyone equally. Households with children are more likely to have trouble putting enough nutritious food on the table. Nationally, 16.6 percent of homes with children are food insecure, while only 10.9 percent of homes without children were. Additionally, single-parent households face different rates of food insecurity based on the gender of the parent. 9.4 percent of households led by single mothers experience very low food security compared to 8.2 percent of households with single fathers.
13.4% of Iredell residents are without food security
6,233 – Iredell children receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits
Average cost of a meal in NC is $2.87. Feeding America‚Äôs Map the Meal Gap 2017 study.
21.4% of Iredell children are without food security
8,570 – Iredell children without food security
In North Carolina, 1,503,050 people are struggling with hunger – and of them 461,630 are children.
17.6% of Iredell youth are living in poverty
In North Carolina, 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger.
6.5 million – Children in the U.S. without food security