11% of US households were food insecure before COVID-19 outbreak; by late April, within 1 month of the start of lockdowns, the rate had doubled to 22.7% – Source: November, 2020 issue of Rotary Magazine
This article in the Greensboro News & Record has a lot of disheartening statistics:
In the past 10 years, the state (North Carolina) has gone from the 26th-highest poverty rate in the country to the 11th. One in 4 children are living in poverty.
At the same time, 1 in 5 people in the city of Greensboro live in poverty — that’s considered to be having an annual income of less than $24,000 for a family of four…
Of the Second Harvest Food Bank’s 400 partner networks, 90 are in the greater Greensboro area, including the Greensboro Urban Ministry. Second Harvest is one of a handful of regional food banks in the state.
In 2009, the group distributed 7.9 million pounds of food. This past year, the group distributed 25 million pounds of food.
You might be tired of reading about the food drive to benefit Second Harvest at my day job, but when given the state of affairs around here it would be immoral not to remind everyone that there is a readily available way to help.