Myths About Hunger
Myth: The world’s hungry people are in undeveloped areas such as Haiti, India and Africa.
FACT: America is not immune. Hunger exists in every county in our nation. In the 18 counties within Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC's service area, one in every six of people is food insecure - lacks access to adequate food to live a healthy, productive life.
(Sources: Feeding America Map the Meal Gap, United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service)
Myth: Non-profit programs can take care of the problem.
FACT: Despite Second Harvest Food Bank’s continuing success in sourcing more food
for our partner agency network (in the past five years, distribution has more
than tripled from 7.9 million pounds to more than 30.6 million pounds), 44%
percent of programs report having less food than needed to meet the needs of
those requesting assistance.
(Source: Feeding America, Hunger in America 2014.)
Myth: Too many people are taking advantage of SNAP/FNS benefits.
FACT: After unemployment insurance, the Supplmental Nutrition Assistance Program (known as Food & Nutrition Services in North Carolina and formerly known as food stamps), is the most responsive federal program available to provide additional assistance during economic downturns. Enrollment expands when the economy weakens and contracts when the economy recovers.The program also provides important nutritional support for low-wage working families, low-income seniors and people with disabilities with fixed incomes.
While for some households, SNAP/FNS provides an adequate buffer against food insecurity, the program is not designed to fully provide for a household's nutritional needs. As such, under continuing economic strain, many households find they must also turn to local food assistance organizations for help.
Addressing the problem in our communities requires the public and private sectors and compassionate, caring individuals working
together to ensure the health, vitality and well-being of our communities and nation.