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The Hungry Of Western North Carolina

Swain County in Western North Carolina ranks 99th out of the state's 100 counties for food security.
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Carolina Public Press
Isabella Cole, 2, waits as a volunteer packs up a to-go dinner at The Giving Spoon at Bryson City, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide hot, nutritious meals to the community.

Carolina Public Press is taking a year-long look at hunger and food insecurity in Western North Carolina. “The Faces of Hunger” addresses many widely publicized facets of the problem, including its impact on the elderly and low-income children will also expose some of the not-so-common victims.

A recent report takes readers to the heart of Swain County to dispel myths about Native people, their access to tribal money, and the availability of jobs, food and resources. CPP also highlights the stand-out program responsible for feeding Swain County children during summer break and attempts to offer solutions for food insecurity from various community programs and activists who are fighting the hunger battle locally.

Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor joins host Frank Stasio to talk about their reporting and why there is no clear-cut answer to who the hungry are in this region of the state.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.