Betsy Crites Op-Ed for Durham Herald Sun

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October 12, 2015

With the Durham CROP Walk’s “End Hunger Games” activities over the past week, we have been given another nudge to get engaged in correcting the injustice of hunger in a land of plenty. The week-long emphasis was a reminder that the organizations working to end hunger, many of which receive CROP Walk funds, need our help.

Addressing the painful reality of hunger on our doorsteps, however, is a bigger challenge than we may think. Over 50,000 of our neighbors in Durham cannot afford regular meals. That’s 18.2% of our population.

The widely quoted statistic of one in four children going hungry is only part of the picture. In Durham the number may be even higher because 66% of our school children qualify for reduced or free lunch. That would be 2 out of 3.

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