Monday, June 19, 2017

New effort focused on rural hunger

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is partnering with Smithfield Foods to launch a program titled Rally Against Rural Hunger, which will be focused on increasing participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Summer Nutrition Programs, and other federal nutrition programs in the nation’s rural areas. 

“It’s our nation’s rural areas, which paradoxically grow most of the nation’s food, that face deeper struggles with hunger than metropolitan areas,” write Jim Weill, president of FRAC, and Dennis Pittman, senior director of Hunger Relief for Smithfield Foods, in this op-ed. North Carolina ranks 13th in the nation for food hardship and has the nation’s second-highest rural population. 

Source:  Smithfield Foods joins with anti-hunger group to feed rural NC – The News & Observer, June 14, 2017