Food Insecurity Data for 2022 by Feeding America
in Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Service Area

Total PopulationTotal Food InsecurityTotal Child PopulationChild Food Insecurity
306,52841,850 (14%)61,70213,800 (23%)
County, StateTotal PopulationFood Insecure IndividualsTotal Child PopulationFood Insecure Children
Beaufort County                 47,160                                                                  6,620                  9,469        2,080
Bertie County                 19,081                                                                  3,160                  3,249        1,050
Camden County                 10,654                                                                  1,090                  2,420           310
Chowan County                 13,995                                                                  2,060                  2,799           730
Currituck County                 27,210                                                                  2,810                  6,045           730
Dare County                 36,698                                                                  4,500                  6,900        1,110
Gates County                 11,519                                                                  1,460                  2,324           450
Hertford County                 23,752                                                                  3,530                  4,455        1,400
Hyde County                   5,089860                  1,082           260
Martin County                 22,644                                                                  3,500                  4,622        1,310
Northampton County                 19,672                                                                  2,830                  3,450        1,040
Pasquotank County                 39,775                                                                  4,860                  8,770        1,840
Perquimans County                 13,513                                                                  1,680                  2,553           460
Tyrrell County                   3,978                                                                     640                      537           160
Washington County                 11,788                                                                  2,250                  2,374           870
Total: 306,52841,85061,04913,800

The State of Hunger

Hunger is an issue that affects millions of Americans every day.  At times, it can seem like a distant problem, happening only in faraway countries or in urban areas with large homeless populations. But that is not the reality.  The reality is that 41 million people are food insecure in our country, including 15 percent of people living in North Carolina. It is higher right here in northeast North Carolina where 16 percent of the population lives with Food Insecurity.  That means 41,850 people in northeast North Carolina towns and neighborhoods do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active life.  For children, the number is even higher:  23 percent of children face hunger right here in Bertie, Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington  —that is 1 in 4 children.  


Each of those 41,000 is worried about having enough to eat.  It might be the clerk who bags your groceries or the father down the street whose company cut his pay. Perhaps it is your elderly neighbor whose fixed income doesn’t come anywhere close to covering the cost of her medications or the child in your daughter’s class who has trouble paying attention to the lessons. Our clients are children, families, veterans, students, senior citizens, single parents, the unemployed and underemployed—hunger can affect anyone.

At the Food Bank of the Albemarle, we believe the prevalence of hunger in our community is unacceptable. We have the expertise to fight food insecurity in northeast North Carolina, but we cannot do it alone.  It is only through sophisticated and innovative partnerships that we can solve these problems and continue to serve the hungry families that rely on our services every day. 

When all children have enough nutritious food to grow and learn and when everyone has access to the food they need to stay healthy, will we ensure a stronger future for North Carolina. By working together will we make that possible. The Food Bank of the Albemarle is proud to be a member of the nationwide Feeding America network of 200 food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States. Likewise, we are members of a statewide association of Feeding America Food Banks collaborating on initiatives that address hunger in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

Our membership with Feeding America affords us access to some of the best data and research reports regarding domestic hunger. One such report is Hunger in America and the other is Map the Meal Gap report. This study of hunger has been conducted on a quadrennial cycle since 1993. The previous publication was Hunger in America 2010. The most recent iteration of the study, Hunger in America 2014, was released in August 2014 and revealed that annually, 46.5 million people are reached by the Feeding America network. HIA 2014 is based on more than 60,000 client and 32,000 agency surveys, capturing detailed information about who is in need of charitable food assistance and their circumstances, which, in turn, helps charitable feeding organizations develop programs that best support people in need. The results also better inform the public policy discourse so that federal nutrition programs can better serve those in need. Map the Meal Gap Report provides a detailed assessment of food insecurity gap and the estimated food cost necessary to close the meal gap.

We believe that no person should sacrifice food for basic necessities such as shelter, heat, or medicine consequently we will aggressively work to bring enough food into northeast North Carolina to close the meal gap

Fast Facts:

  • 14 percent of the population or 41,850 people are food insecure (Updated August 2022)
  • 23 percent of children or 13,800 children are food insecure (Updated August 2022)
  • 57 percent of children are enrolled in free and reduced meal programs at school
  • 73 percent of our client households have to choose between paying for utilities and buying food each month
  • 65 percent of our client households have to choose between paying for transportation and buying food each month
  • 43 percent of our client households have a household member who had worked for pay in the last 12 months
  • 61 percent of our client households have to choose between paying for housing and buying food each month
  • 31 percent of our client households have to choose between paying for education expenses like student loans, tuition or books, and buying food each month

It’s hard to make ends meet in northeast North Carolina:

  • In 2015, the self-sufficiency wage for a single parent household (one adult, one preschooler and one school-aged child) is $4,741 per month ($27.35/hour for 40 hours per week)—the median wage in northeast NC, $14/hour for 40 hours per week
  • There has been a 33 percent increase in the median wage over the last fifteen years, while basic living costs have risen 56.5 percent
  • Meal costs are high: Over the last fifteen years, food costs have increased 35 percent
  • Rents are high: 54.4 percent of households spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent, higher than the average of 48.8 percent of renters.
  • Childcare costs in northeast NC are among the highest in the nation: the average annual cost of care for an infant in a childcare center is $9,611—several thousand dollars more than a full-time college student would pay in annual tuition and fees at North Carolina State University, $6,4077

Hunger in Our Communities

Download our By the Numbers data sheet for a summary of Food Bank of the Albemarle statistics. 


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