Food insecurity camp for teens in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Youth Council is giving teens a unique opportunity to learn about food insecurity in Guilford County.

The council is hosting a week-long service camp called “Turning the Table on Hunger.”

“[It’s] getting teens educated and familiar with the statistics and what’s going on in the communities,” said Montrell Brooks, program leader.

The students visited the Interactive Resource Center on the first day of camp.

They toured the facility – learning about its different programs and services.

The IRC visit included meeting with Executive Director Michelle Kennedy.

Kennedy explained the complexity of food insecurity, telling the students the issue includes racial disparity as well as economic disparity.

“It’s really common in affluent white parts of Greensboro that there’s access to everything you want,” she said.

“You move to the eastside of Greensboro which is predominately black, those things are less and less available,” she continued.

Many of the students shared their thoughts on what was the most surprising information they learned on the tour.

“I never knew that there were food deserts in Greensboro or how many people live below the poverty line,” student Sidney Meighan said.

The camp is free to high school students ages 15-18.

The group is scheduled to visit other agencies that are addressing food insecurity.

The students will also go on a food desert tour.