Greensboro High Point NC top nationwide hunger list, Gallup poll, April 18, 2015, North Carolina eighth overall, 17.2 percent in US reported food hardship, Only top 10 metro area with 25 percent plus reporting food hardship
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From the Greensboro News Record April 18, 2015.
“Another poll has ranked the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan area as among the hungriest in the country.
Only this time, the Gallup poll commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center in 2014 ranks the area No. 1 for people who had difficulties securing food, based on a percentage of the total population.
North Carolina placed eighth overall, with Mississippi at the top of the rankings. Louisiana was second, followed by West Virginia.”
“Most of the area’s problems can be traced to 2007 when textile companies, furniture manufacturers and call centers began eliminating jobs. It’s a list that’s as daunting as it is distinguished and includes such companies as Cone Denim, American Express and Thomas Built Buses.”
“The poll asked a single question: Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?
It was posed to hundreds of thousands of households across the country as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The result: Americans in every community and state struggle to put food on the table.
Across the country, 17.2 percent of respondents reported food hardship — an indicator of hunger. It’s the lowest rate since Gallup began collecting this data in early 2008.
“The immediate response I had was, ‘Here’s our opportunity to take our biggest challenge and turn it into our biggest opportunity for innovation,’ ” said Marianne LeGreco, a communication studies professor at UNC-Greensboro who specializes in food policy and public health communication.
According to the Gallup poll, Greensboro-High Point is also the only metro area in the top 10 with more than 25 percent saying they had a food hardship.”