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Food insecurity reaches record high, new study shows [Video]

Although the data is a couple of years behind, Hampton Roads foodbank leaders say numbers match the current trends for food insecurity.

NORFOLK, Va. — Food insecurity is an ongoing trend impacting families each year.

He said new figures from 2022 reported by Feeding America match the challenges Hampton Roads residents see daily. It shows Norfolk has the highest food insecurity rate compared to other cities in Hampton Roads, with the Mermaid City sitting at 13% in 2022. That’s a 2% increase compared to 2021. Meanwhile, Newport News has a rate of 12.4%, and Suffolk and Chesapeake see the lowest rate at 8.6%.

“The service area that the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank serves…we have the highest rate of child food insecurity in the entire state,” said Virginia Peninsula Foodbank CEO Karen Joyner. “20% of all the children across the greater Virginia Peninsula are living in food insecure households. That went up from 14.8% from the prior study.”

Although the food study data is a couple of …

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Donations made to help South Hadley nursing home staff struggling with supply issues [Video]

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