In the new Hunger in America 2014 study, North Carolina was yet again among the five worst states ranked for food insecurity in both adults and children at 17.3 percent. The 2014 study conducted by national hunger-relief organization Feeding America, finds that an estimated 650,000 people in North Carolina are food insecure and turn to food pantries and meal service programs like BackPack Beginnings to feed themselves and their families.

As a survey volunteer in the 2014 Hunger in America study, I saw first-hand the sad faces of the children crying on their mother’s laps. The children I saw at the food pantries and soup kitchens had the same look on their face; a look of malnutrition, loss, and sorrow. These innocent children could not help the fact that they were born into less fortunate circumstances. All they can do is hope. Hope is brought with a bag of food. This study aids in proving that hunger is very real in America and needs to be addressed. I was privileged to be a part of this study and am humbled by my experiences with it.

Click here to read more about this study.

Written on 10/8/2014 by Blogger Alexix Scotece

Guest Blogger, Alexix Scotece is a recent graduate from UNCG with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and is currently in a dietetic internship with UNCG. She volunteers with BackPack Beginnings, Second Harvest Food Bank/Hunger Study, The Boys and Girls club in Winston-Salem, and Food Assistance Inc.