Food insecurity has cascading effects such as malnourishment, which can lead to mental and stunted physical development in children, aggression, behavioral problems, anxiety, and depression. It can cause a weakened immune system which can lead to illness that prevents breadwinners from working, increases in healthcare costs, as well as the chance of hospitalization. Food insecurity can lead to more food insecurity or worse.
17% of Families in Mecklenburg County are food insecure
24% of Children in Mecklenburg County are food insecure
Individuals receiving food support from area food nonprofits such as ours are having to make difficult choices on a regular basis:
69% Food versus utilities
67% Food versus transportation
66% Food versus medical care
57% Food versus housing
31% Food versus education
*According to Feeding America's 2014 Hunger in America Study
We start with a nourishing meal, served with dignity, and foster community and a path to hope for those facing hunger in their daily lives through our programs, celebrations and experiences – transforming daily interactions into personal connections and a sense of belonging.