Between 2010 and 2015 North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages. North Carolina also ranks in the ten worst states in the percentage of children under the age of 18 who are lacking food on a regular basis. One out of every four of these children experience food insecurity. Far too many of our children get no nutritious food from the time they leave school on Friday until they return to school on Monday. North Carolina also has food deserts, which is defined as a neighborhood that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food.
Since the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is in charge of food production they should be leading the way to help provide food for the hungry. NCDA & CS has a food distribution division and other programs that contributes to the nutritional well being of the citizens of North Carolina. As you can see from the data above, they are not doing a very good job of alleviating food shortages in North Carolina. We can and must do a better job of feeding our hungry. We need a commissioner who is willing to confront the issue of food shortages head-on and work hand in hand with the agriculture community, private industry, non-profits, and charitable organizations. I will work with these groups to find innovative solutions to get nutritious food to the hungry in North Carolina. Together, we can eliminate many of the food problems in North Carolina.