Food Stamps vs. Hunger in North Carolina

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Food Stamps vs. Hunger in North Carolina Hunger is a major problem in the United States. This country is considered to be one of the most powerful and advanced nations in the world but yet our children are still experiencing hunger. With food subsidy programs such as the Food Stamp Program/SNAP, the School Breakfast and Lunch Program, WIC/Women Infants and Children and all of the other various charitable organizations that target hunger, there still remain areas where hunger problems exist. North Carolina is one of the states where the campaigns against hunger is continuous a plight for legislators, ministries and the families affected by this social dysfunction. Why is this state ranked so high in the area of child hunger? According to Chris Edwards “the federal government as a whole has about 26 food and nutrition programs operated by six different agencies. These programs were designed to aid lower-income families but the situation of those families has change dramatically since the programs were instituted (Edwards, 2009). Here in North Carolina the rate of food hardships has continued to climb and it has become more and more difficult for these families to keep food on the table. There are two aspects of this hunger situation in North Carolina, one being the family relying on Food Stamps and the other being the family whose income hangs just above the mark to qualify them for any type of food subsidy. Personally, I have seen families in my community face the challenge of deciding whether to pay the mortgage or purchase groceries. These families, generally speaking , are not considered to be “low-income” families but because of job loss, increased expenses such as higher gas prices and food prices make it more difficult now for them to put food on the table. The family on Food Stamps also face many of these same issues as well and

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