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Grappling with food insecurity in North Carolina

Amara Touzel, 5, eats with the rest of the Touzel family as they attend a Thursday dinner at the Giving Spoon in Bryson City. Matt Rose / Carolina Public Press

The Faces of Hunger project is a yearlong journalism and community dialogue initiative from Carolina Public Press that focuses on issues of hunger and food insecurity in rural North Carolina. Through in-depth multimedia reporting, resource sharing and free community events, Carolina Public Press will spotlight the issues and systems contributing to hunger and food hardship, which impact an estimated 1.5 million North Carolinians. Throughout the series, our nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization will also explore potential solutions, from local efforts to statewide policies and programming.

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Carolina Public Press created and is producing the Faces of Hunger project. Contact us if you’re interested in expanding this project to your community or holding community events and dialogues about this reporting and issue.

In-depth reporting like this is time consuming and expensive. This Carolina Public Press project was ultimately made possible by the financial support of individuals and foundations who believe in CPP’s work to provide independent, in-depth and investigative reporting in North Carolina. Specific project support was provided by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Facebook Journalism Project. We are grateful for their generosity.

We also interviewed leaders whose work focused on food insecurity as we developed this project. Most notably, members of MANNA FoodBank’s leadership team provided information and data as we vetted this project idea. We appreciate their early input.

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Break the Hunger: A closer look at food insecurity in the mountains

Brevard, NC — MANNA’s food pantry is on the move, passing out food in mountain communities without access until now. The mobile markets and MANNA’s Express will be a focus for MANNA FoodBank over the summer months. Read more

MANNA’s food pantry is on the move, passing out food in mountain communities without access until now. The mobile markets and MANNA’s Express will be a focus for MANNA FoodBank over the summer months. Courtesy of WLOS

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