Child Hunger in North Carolina: A North Carolina Now Special

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A Feeding America study shows one in five children goes hungry in North Carolina, but in certain parts of the state that number jumps to one in three children who are food insecure. In this NC Now Special Report, Child Hunger in North Carolina, Heather Burgiss takes an in depth look at the growing epidemic of hunger in North Carolina especially among children.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, North Carolina ranks first in the country, tied with Louisiana, for the greatest amount of children under five years of age who go hungry on a regular basis. In this report, you’ll hear from families affected by hunger and workers from state and local agencies working on the front lines of hunger and food shortages at the seven North Carolina Feeding America Food Banks.

Child Hunger: Part 1
Heather Burgiss takes us to Davidson County where the number of hungry children and families is among the highest in the country. This need is creating a critical shortage of food and new families looking for help every day.

Child Hunger: Part 2
The face of hunger is changing in North Carolina. Statistics show hunger is affecting our state’s youngest citizens at alarming rates. Heather Burgiss takes a look at the growing problem of child hunger and why the supply of emergency food at food banks across the state is in crisis and how schools and local agencies are working together to try and bridge the ever-widening hunger gap.

Child Hunger: Part 3
We look at the physical, social, and emotional consequences of hungry children in our schools and the battle educators face helping those students overcome the odds.

Child Hunger: Part 4
For many people in North Carolina any signs of an economic rebound are often met with low paying jobs that often end in layoffs and unemployment. Heather Burgiss travels to Lumberton and Robeson County to find out how Native American families are coping with food insecurity in a county that is considered the third poorest in the nation for it’s size.

Lenoir Kids Garden
As a tier one area, Caldwell County has some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Along with economic distress comes the hard reality of hunger for this struggling community. Heather Burgiss takes us to Lenoir where we meet a teen who is growing seeds of kindness in a community garden where children are sprouting change and encouraging others to plant a row for the hungry to increase food security for their neighbors.