GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- It was that headline that made so many of us go, “Wait, what?”
A study that showed Guilford County as the hungriest place in all of America.
“It was, it was a serious shock,” Guilford County School’s supervisor of Homeless and Community Services told us. “When I was in elementary school, when I was in middle school, when I was in high school, I don't remember it being an issue.”
But then came the wave of factory closings – first textile mills, then furniture factories. The jobs where you could make a good living without a college degree were gone and, often with them, intact families.
“We have almost a 30 percent hardship rate,” Southwest High School student, Erin Gamba, tells a riveted member of the community at the Four Seasons Mall recently. The school system is trying to educate the entire area – whether you have children in the public schools or not – so that everyone can do their part.
“It can't be the expectation that the schools are the only ones who can fix it. It's a community-wide concern. It's an issue that affects all of us,” says Yatisha Blythe.
See how in this edition of the Buckley Report.