Study Shows High ‘Food Insecurity’ in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An annual study released Wednesday by Feeding America shows about 10 percent of central Virginians struggle to put food on the table, and a lot of them live in Charlottesville.
The food gap project found that the city of Charlottesville was the third-worst area in central Virginia for what's called “food insecurity.” That means many people don't know where their next meal is coming from.
That study found that around 18 percent of people in the city are food-insecure. That's much higher than the state average of around 12 percent.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is one of the largest nonprofits in central Virginia trying to tackle this problem. The study is coming on the heels of their Stamp Out Hunger spring food drive, which didn't bring in as many donations as expected.
"What we're going to have to do to make up for the shortfall is to hope for more donations, appealing to our donor base, hope for more cash donations as well, and supplementing that with purchased food," said Joe Caputi, the food bank’s Thomas Jefferson branch manager.
Managers at the food bank say they plan to double their efforts getting the word out. They hope to dip into their funds to supplement their food as little as possible.
The Stamp Out Hunger drive this year brought in around 25,000 pounds of food for the Thomas Jefferson branch - about 9,000 pounds less than hoped for.