food insecurity in Western 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 / Wmforo

The people, the issues and the potential solutions

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Lisa Russell, of Living Waters Food Pantry in Swain County, discusses the needs in her community with Emily Weaver, contributing reporter with Wmforo.

Stephanie Carson, Wmforo 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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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


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Wmforo 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 Wmforo 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 Wmforo today. Every single dollar makes a difference. Thank you!