Hunger in the Blue Ridge FANO Admin
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 114,400 people per month. We distributed 24.6 million pounds or 20.5 million meals last year.