Children Are Hungry

1 in 5 of our children experience food insecurity.   1 in 5

The following statistics are the results of a survey of Cabarrus County residents who were recipients of food assistance.  The survey was commissioned by Cabarrus Farm and Food Council - Long Term Hunger Relief Committee; conducted by Jim Dudley, UNCC and Erike Greene.                                                                                                          

  • 3 out of 4 people indicated they do not have enough money to have enough food or the kind of food they want to eat.
  • 1 in 7 indicated that transportation is a barrier for them to get to a store.
  • Over 85% said they worried about their food running out before having money to buy more.
  • Over 80% said that the food they bought did not last and they did not have money to buy more.
  • Almost 60% indicated that they and/or adults in their household have cut the size of their meals or skipped meals because they did not have enough money for food.
  • Over 40% said they and/or other adults in the household have gone hungry, but did not eat because they could not afford food.
  • Over 20% said they and/or other adults in the household have not eaten for an entire day because they did not have enough money to buy food.
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 food insecurity occurs when consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.

A food desert lacks access to grocery stores and farmers markets, consequently short on fresh fruits and vegetables.  Instead, through convenience stores, they provide easy access to processed, sugar, and fat-laden foods that are known contributors to our nation's obesity epidemic.