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State Funding Lags as NC Seniors Face Threat of Hunger - North Carolina Health News

One in five North Carolinians older than 60 lives under the threat of hunger; placing the state second worst in the nation in the category, a new survey says.

However, the growing reality of hunger among older North Carolinians didn’t get a response in the accelerated drafting of the state budget, despite a requested $7 million hike for Meals on Wheels and other means to address the problem.

The state’s ranking for the threat of hunger, or marginal food insecurity, among older people put only Louisiana worse off than North Carolina in latest available numbers, according to “The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2016,” released this month by Feeding America, a national organization representing food banks.

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