CRAVEN COUNTY HIGH RATE OF FOOD INSECURITY
“According to the most recent information available, over 18,000 Craven County residents don’t have access to sufficient healthy food at some time during the year”, said Noon Rotary Club President Debbie Taggart.
“Over the holidays, there was a great outpouring of community support to meet this need. Through Fed Up With Hunger!, we want to build on this momentum and provide additional cost-effective resources to make sure no Craven County child goes to bed hungry.”
LOCAL NEED FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE HAS DOUBLED
Before Hurricane Irene struck, theRCS Food Pantry provided about 90,000 meals a year to local residents in need. According to Michael McMillan, RCS Executive Director,
“Over the last two years, we have seen the requests for food from our food pantry double. With the limited resources available, we are able to provide a household with canned food for a week, once every four months.
"For a household on limited income or where the household income is at or below the poverty level, an unexpected event can create unexpected crises. A medical emergency can create a choice between medicine or food. A significant weather change can create a choice between utility costs or food.
"RCS’s Food Pantry Program attempts to lighten the impact when an unforeseen crisis occurs."
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