Food Insecurity Progress in Greensboro-High Point

GUM food ministries — emergency food assistance and daily lunch at Potter’s House Community Kitchen — are helping make a difference in food hardship in the Triad.

The Greensboro-High Point metro area has dropped from No. 1 in the country in 2014 to No. 9 in 2015, according to the Food Research and Action Center‘s Index of Food Hardship (June 2016).

GUM’s Emergency Assistance Program serves approximately 100 households a day with food assistance bags. Based on household size, the bags are filled by food pantry volunteers each day. Last year, GUM’s food ministry collected 1,057,876 pounds of nonperishable food and used those donations to assist 18,106 households.

The area remains in the Top 10 nationwide, and GUM is not seeing a decrease currently in requests for assistance. The ranking change, however, is promising! And it shows how resources such as the Little Green Books and Little Blue Books, and community agencies focusing on food insecurity, are making real progress to lessen hunger’s grip on our community.

This change is happening because of your help — when you organize a canned food drive, volunteer at a drive or in our food pantry, or make a donation to support our food ministry, you are sharing how important it is to you that our neighbors have the food they need. Thank you for staying with us on the front lines!

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