Hunger Facts

Every day, millions of adults and children in America are hungry and not sure when they will have their next meal.  In 2012, according to the USDA, 49 million Americans, 14.5% of households, lived in food insecure households.  North Carolina ranks number 2 in the nation for the highest rate of food insecure children under the age of 5 and number 10 in the nation for the highest rate of food insecure children under the age of 18.

8,000 + children, or 26% of this population are in poverty.

Students in grade k-12

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Students edible for free lunch

Gaston County Residents are estimated to be in poverty.

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The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 44% of households in Gaston County have an income of $35,000 or less.

Recently a middle school student commented:

A few weeks ago I was at lunch with my friend.  She was not eating, so I asked her why.  She said,

“I didn’t eat yesterday because there wasn’t any food at my dad’s.  

My stomach hurts too bad to eat today.” That made me cry.