One in every three children in Davidson County DOES NOT know where their next
meal is coming from.
One in three children in Davidson County is considered at risk for food insecurity,
according to Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem. Let that number sink in for a moment.
That means in a class of 24 students, eight may not have access to nutritious food on a regular
basis. On a youth soccer team of 15 players, five may be going hungry. In an afterschool
program of 30 youngsters, 10 may not be eating well.*
Numbers can easily be dismissed sometimes, but look closely the next time you visit a store,
classroom, sporting event or other activity with a group of children and consider that one in
three children you see may not be eating well. Perhaps that number caused a shock the first
time you heard it, but as time passed it lost some of its power. Sadly, when a
problem persists, some of the drive to address it can diminish over time, and a solution
seems out of reach.*
Food serves as one of the basic necessities of life. Most of us take it for granted. But
that's not the case for a third of the children in Davidson County. They don't have enough to
eat or regularly partake of meals that aren't nutritious.*
- In 2014, Feeding America released and updated Map the Meal report documenting
the persistent and pervasive incidence of hunger in every city, town, county and state in
our nation. In North Carolina, 18.6% of the population is food insecure, ranking
our state as 4th worst in the nation (tied with Alabama and New Mexico) for food
- 88% of low income, school-age children in NC have experienced hunger during the
- North Carolina ranks 10th in the ten worst states in the percentage of children under 18 who
are lacking food on a regular basis.***
- Households that are suffering from food hardship: 1 in 6 households nationally;
1 in 5 households in the south-east region; 1 in 4 households in North Carolina;
1 in 3 in Davidson County.
- 81% of NC households receiving food assistance don't know
where their next meal is coming from.
- 36% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for lack of food.***
- At 20%, North Carolina has the 5th highest rate of seniors facing hunger.
- North Carolina is one of the ten states exhibiting statistically significant higher household
food insecurity rates than the US national average.
- 62% (about 3 out of 5) of America's teachers regularly see kids who come
to school hungry because they aren't getting enough to eat at home.
- North Carolina is the national leader in child hunger.**
- Piedmont triad is number 1 in food insecurity. **
- Sadly, Davidson County exceeds North Carolina percentages for households that have to
choose between food and utilities, transportation, housing and medicine.***
Free and reduced lunch statistics:
- Davidson County Schools free and reduced meal rate is 47%
- Thomasville City Schools free and reduced meal rate is 89%
- Lexington City Schools free and reduced meal rate is 87%
You can make a difference! $200 will feed a hungry child every weekend for
the entire school year. Call us at 336-472-7217 for more information on our NOW
(Nutrition On Weekends) program.
*Reprinted from "Many children depend on food assistance", The Dispatch,
August 16, 2013
**WXII Wanda Starke Childhood Hunger: The silend Crisis 6/28/15
***NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks
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