“Hunger Games” and hunger in WNC

Mallory McDuff, professor at Warren Wilson College, makes an interesting parallel between the movie “Hunger games” and the real-life hunger that families in Western North Carolina are facing. In her opinion published in Asheville Citizen Times on March 9 she writes:

“The movie’s trailer features this foreboding line: “Happy Hunger Games.” But on the screen and in reality, we know that hunger games are never happy affairs.

According to the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C., more than one in five people struggle to afford food in the Asheville area, defined as Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison counties. Last year, MANNA FoodBank and Feeding America reported that almost 30 percent of children younger than 18 in Western North Carolina are “food insecure.””

Read the opinion here.