Voices of Hunger in North Carolina

Voices of Hunger in North Carolina, presented by the NC Alliance for Health and MomsRising, explores food, hunger, and equity in North Carolina.

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In the three-part series “Blackism or Foodism?: The Growing American Dilemma,” Chef Njathi Kabui explores race, food, and politics.

Historical Evolution of African American Food from the Founding of America to the Present was presented on Thursday, September 17.

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Register for upcoming sessions:
Thursday, September 24, 10am – Food as an Obstruction to Justice for African Americans (Presentation)
Thursday, October 1, 10am – Uncle Sam as Chef Sam: the Unhealthy Politics of the South (Presentation and Discussion)

On Wednesday, September 9, candidates for state offices participated in a forum about farms, food, and hunger. The forum was hosted by NCAH, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Feeding the Carolinas, The Rural Center, MomsRising, and RAFI-USA, and was moderated by Calvin Allen of Rural Forward NC.

Candidates:
Agriculture Commissioner – Steve Troxler (R) and Jenna Wadsworth (D)
Labor Commissioner – Josh Dobson (R) and Jessica Holmes (D)
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Jen Mangrum (D)
Lieutenant Governor – Yvonne Holley (D)

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Questions

  • Please introduce yourself, including your name; where you live; for which office you are running; and why food, farming and hunger matter in NC today.
  • North Carolina is the 10th most food insecure state in the country, while at the same time being the 10th most agriculturally productive state in the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted weaknesses in our food systems, which we have also seen with natural disasters, such as hurricanes in the past. What solutions will you offer to create a resilient food system that nourished all North Carolinians in the face of future emergencies?
  • Before COVID-19, one in five North Carolina children lived in food insecure households. Feeding America now estimates that nearly 30% of our children are food insecure, lacking consistent access to healthy, affordable foods. What actions will you take to better support child nutrition programs in serving fresh, nutritious meals to all children in the state?
  • According to 2018 data, over 42% of SNAP participants in North Carolina are in working families – in other words, even though the adults work, they do not make enough money to make ends meet and cover all their food needs. How will you address this disparity?
  • Food system workers, and specifically the Latinx community, have been disparately impacted by COVID-19 due to work environments, lack of access to healthcare, and job loss. What steps will you take to address the short-term and long-term needs of food system workers and the Latinx community in particular?
  • North Carolina has a long legacy of farms owned and run by African Americans. There is also a long history of discrimination against Black farmers, to the point that today only 4% of farm operations in the state are African American owned. If elected, what will you do in the role of your respective office to support Black farmers and other underserved farming populations, such as beginning, female, or small-scale farmers, in North Carolina?

On the 09/15/2020 episode of Mornings with Morgan, Whitney Tucker of NC Child, and Beth Messersmith and Jessica Burroughs of MomsRising talk about child health.

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On the 09/08/2020 episode of Mornings with Morgan, NC Attorney General Josh Stein talks about his fight against vaping.

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And They’re Gone

The NC General Assembly adjourned sine die Thursday, one day after returning to Raleigh to appropriate additional CARES Act funds. The regular legislative short session has now concluded.

The “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0” passed the Senate Wednesday night in a 44-5 vote before passing the House Thursday 104-10.

Here is a list of provisions relevant to NCAH’s mission:

  • $6M for NC Feeding the Carolinas food banks
  • $1M will go to Reinvestment Partners to expand the produce prescription program
  • $10.25M to NCDACS for meat and seafood processing
  • $20M to DPI to provide PPE for public schools 
  • $2M to NCDACS for emergency support for milk producers
  • $750K to NCDACS to provide emergency aid for farmers market operators and local food enterprises
  • $2.1M to DNCR to address needs at state parks and trails
  • $1M to Alamance-Burlington Schools for school nutrition, transportation, and other services
  • $500,000 to be divided among public school units in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrell, and Washington Counties for school nutrition, transportation, and other services
  • $600K to NCDHHS to increase access to Food and Nutrition Services for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
  • $100K to Food for Families
  • $300K to NCDHHS to establish a student health collaborative pilot
  • $30M for the GREAT program to increase access to broadband
  • Flexibility for schools to use funds in the transportation allotment for school nutrition and remote instruction
  • “Hold harmless” clause for schools that had a discrepancy in anticipated and actual average daily membership

While many legislators stated it may be their last time serving in the General Assembly, it has also been widely suggested that legislators could return for a special session in October if Congress passes an additional relief package.


Join us for our upcoming committee meetings to discuss our 2021 policy agenda and opportunities for legislative long session. Register below.

Active Living Committee Meeting

Tobacco Use Prevention Committee Meeting

Healthy Food Access Committee Meeting

They’re Back

The NC General Assembly returns to Raleigh today to pass a third COVID-19 relief package. The bill which will be amended to the “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0,” is the only bill we expect to move over the next two days. Below is a list of provisions relevant to NCAH’s mission.

  • $6M for NC Feeding the Carolinas food banks
  • $1M will go to Reinvestment Partners to expand the produce prescription program
  • $10.25M to NCDACS for meat and seafood processing
  • $20M to DPI to provide PPE for public schools 
  • $2M to NCDACS for emergency support for milk producers
  • $750K to NCDACS to provide emergency aid for farmers market operators and local food enterprises
  • $2.1M to DNCR to address needs at state parks and trails
  • $1M to Alamance-Burlington Schools for school nutrition, transportation, and other services
  • $600K to NCDHHS to increase access to Food and Nutrition Services for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
  • $100K to Food for Families
  • $300K to NCDHHS to establish a student health collaborative pilot
  • $30M for the GREAT program to increase access to broadband
  • Flexibility for schools to use funds in the transportation allotment for school nutrition and remote instruction
  • “Hold harmless” clause for schools that had a discrepancy in anticipated and actual average daily membership

While this session will be short, we anticipate that the NCGA will return again in October to appropriate additional funds, and hopefully address some statutory changes. As always, we will keep you updated.


Join us for our upcoming committee meetings to discuss our 2021 policy agenda and opportunities for legislative long session. Register below.

Active Living Committee Meeting

Tobacco Use Prevention Committee Meeting

Healthy Food Access Committee Meeting

Join us for a three-part series and discussion facilitated by Chef Njathi Kabui! “Blackism or Foodism?: The Growing American Dilemma” will explore race, food, and politics.

Thursday, September 17, 10am – Historical Evolution of African American Food from the Founding of America to the Present (Presentation)
Thursday, September 24, 10am – Food as an Obstruction to Justice for African Americans (Presentation)
Thursday, October 1, 10am – Uncle Sam as Chef Sam: the Unhealthy Politics of the South (Presentation and Discussion)

About Chef Kabui:

Njathi Kabui is a Kenyan born Kenyan-born Anthropologist, chef, farmer and food activist. Kabui has a background in Political Science and Philosophy from LeMoyne Owens College, dual masters in Medical and Urban Anthropology a from the Universities of of Memphis.  In addition to culinary training,  Kabui has studied widely on matters of race in the South and beyond. He has appeared on various media such NPR, TV, magazines and newspapers.  He consults with numerous organizations and universities such Duke, University of Michigan, Skidmore College.  His work has also taken him to London, Dubai, Kenya among others. He has recently been working with various nonprofits and organizations dealing with social justice and anti-racist work in light of the COVID-19 era. He lives in Apex with his family. You read more on Kabui and his work at www.chefkabui.com

On the 09/01/2020 episode of Mornings with Morgan, Margaret Krome-Lukens and Nick Wood talk about farms.

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