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.
Sign up for our free newsletter to learn about the reporting, forums, listening sessions and resource fairs coming up throughout the year. And if you have a story to share, a question to ask or a suggestion to make for this project, call our nonprofit, nonpartisan news team at 828-774-5290.
Photo above: Amara Touzel, 5, eats with the rest of the Touzel family as they attend a Thursday dinner at The Giving Spoon in Bryson City in May. Matt Rose / Carolina Public Press
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The people, the issues and the potential solutions
Lisa Russell, of Living Waters Food Pantry in Swain County, discusses the needs in her community with Emily Weaver, contributing reporter with Carolina Public Press.
Stephanie Carson, Carolina Public Press news and community partnership manager, talks with Amanda Jones, child nutrition supervisor with Henderson County Public Schools (left), and Audra Morrow, director of community supports with Children First CIS of Buncombe County (right), during a Facebook live chat in June, 2019.
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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, LISTENING SESSIONS AND RESOURCES
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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.
You can help if you’d like to support this type of reporting, which goes behind the headlines to explore the overlooked and under-reported issues facing our state. Now is the time to ensure in-depth and investigative reporting like this thrives in North Carolina. Support the nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization Carolina Public Press today. Every single dollar makes a difference. Thank you!