8,000 + children, or 26% of this population are in poverty.
Students in grade k-12
Students eligible for free lunch
Gaston County Residents are estimated to be in poverty.
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.