Governor Cooper made a stop at The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to highlight the need for more aid needed by the organization and similar programs. His proposed budget would send $50 million for food banks and organizations like it which are relied upon more heavily during the pandemic, Spectrum reports.
“Their referrals have almost doubled during this time, so we know they need help,” Cooper said.
Officials at the food bank expect demand to increase by 38 percent when compared to last year, Spectrum reports. One in five adults and one in three children in North Carolina are facing food insecurity right now, according to the article.
More than $900 million of the money proposed to be spent in Cooper’s budget is required to be used by year-end. Cooper says the food banks are stepping up as low-income families lose access to school lunches and is calling for state and federal lawmakers to do more.