Childhood hunger panel held at Bertie High School

WINDSOR, N.C. (WITN) – Organizers, community leaders, and parents flocked to Bertie High School’s auditorium to discuss an issue many children and students face.

Two panels were held Wednesday morning by Town Hall community leaders and organizations for parents who are either unaware or concerned of childhood hunger in North Carolina and in schools.

One grandmother says that child hunger goes way beyond party lines.

“It’ breaks my heart. I can not continue to try to decide which one of my grandchildren isn’t going to eat that day. We’re struggling day-to-day to be able to get by with the basics” says Mary Beth Cochran.

The School Meals For All NC, or SMFANC for short, is a statewide coalition that believes every child deserves to have breakfast and lunch provided by their school at no cost to their family.

The goal today for SMFANC is to gain support, educate parents, and convey to lawmakers issues of childhood hunger in and out of school across North Carolina.

SMFANC says that one in six kids in North Carolina goes hungry daily and in our most rural counties, one in three children experiences hunger.

The higher cost of school meals and rising inflation make paying for breakfast and lunch increasingly difficult for many struggling families says SMFANC.

For more information on School Meals For All NC and ways to join click here