A new study finds that more than 104,000 people in MANNA Food- Bank’s 16 county service area – including 38,000 children – do not always know where they will find their next meal. In all, 14.9 percent of the population in Western North Carolina struggles with hunger, according to research released this week by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.
The findings are from Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population and, separately, for children under the age of 18. The interactive maps produced by the study provide valuable county-level data, with separate information to focus on childhood hunger. MANNA is part of the Feeding America network.