Guilford County school system educating people about food insecurity

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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.

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