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Hunger Facts

Hunger in the Carolinas

The Carolinas have some of the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis: In the Carolina’s 1 in 4.


Between 2010-16 the Carolina’s have regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages; over 2.6 million of our neighbors or nearly one in eight.

Who Goes Hungry? Toddlers, Senior Citizens, School Children, Working Moms and Dads and Families.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

SNAP-Ed supports SNAP’s role in addressing food insecurity. It is central to SNAP’s efforts to improve nutrition and prevent or reduce diet-related chronic disease and obesity among SNAP recipients. SNAP-Ed’s goal is to improve the likelihood that persons who are eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices on a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income, elderly persons, who are at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA-recommended foods.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), provides better quality food on a more consistent schedule, greatly reduces barriers to access and saves taxpayer money by distributing these government commodities.

“In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.”

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be available in languages other than English.

Each of our member food banks can help you get access to federally funded food programs based on your qualification.