Hunger in the Blue Ridge

Factoring in inflation, many families now earn less than they did before the Great Recession. Those who kept their jobs, or quickly found new ones after being let go, are no better off. (Sentier Research, 2014)

Finding it challenging to make ends meet, our clients have to make tough choices. Statistics from the 2014 Hunger Study, which is conducted every four years, show our neighbors’ experiences with food insecurity.

  • 60% of households have at least one employed member

  • 78% of clients have a high school degree or GED

  • 55% have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty line

Our Food Bank serves an average of 103,500 people per month. We distributed 26.4 million pounds or 22 million meals last year.

Children, Seniors and Hunger