Food Insecurity in Virginia: A Series

According to Feeding America, an average of about 10% of Virginia residents in the WMRA region are “food insecure,” meaning they are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.  And that percentage climbs in our cities, with an average of about 15% of urban residents food insecure.  Overall, more than 1 in 10 people in the WMRA area don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

But who are these people?  And who is trying to help them?  This series explores the experiences of Virginians struggling with food insecurity, from children to the elderly, from the able-bodied poor to those who are disabled and/or homebound, and the people and organizations trying to help – and the challenges those organizations face in raising community support for their efforts.

Courtesy Kristen Suokko

In the final installment of our 5-part series on food insecurity, WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a local look at the big picture, and how it is that in the 21st century millions of Americans are still lacking access to adequate food.

Jordy Yager

More than 350,000 senior citizens in Virginia have trouble paying their basic costs of living, including meals. In the fourth installment of WMRA’s series on food insecurity, Jordy Yager hits the road with the Meals on Wheels program in Charlottesville, which provides the retired -- and the homebound -- with daily meals and a little human touch.

Jordy Yager

One of the most hidden faces of food insecurity is that of the hungry child. In the third part of our series on Food Insecurity, WMRA’s Jordy Yager looks at how Charlottesville City schools and several groups are attempting to help kids eat better, more regular meals, and to learn good eating habits.

Jordy Yager

Although the rates of hunger in the countryside are a little lower than those for urban residents, rural hunger presents its own unique problems.  The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank operates a series of Mobile Food Pantries throughout rural Virginia, providing food for thousands of people in hard-to-reach areas. In the second installment of our special series on food insecurity in Virginia, WMRA’s Jordy Yager visits two of these rural pantries and speaks with the people who run them, and the people they serve.

Jordy Yager

The number of people who lack reliable access to food continues to rise in Virginia.  In the first report in a series this month, WMRA’s Jordy Yager talks with some of those affected by food insecurity and how several organizations are fighting to end it.