Asheville Among Hungriest US Cities
In Downtown Asheville, there's a potential post card picture at every corner. Visitors see the city through an entirely different lens.
"So far, it's a nice town," says one couple.
With every scenic photo, there's a picture many of us overlook. Asheville is also on the map, in terms of hunger.
"Seriously? There are a lot of restaurants I heard," says visitor Mark Raatz. "Everybody says, go to Asheville their are a lot of restaurants."
Dining choices are the least of our problems. Which is why the mission at Manna Food Bank is so daunting.
A simple survey question sums up a complex local dilemma.
"Is there time in the last 12 months when you're family didn't have enough money to put food on the table," Manna executive director Cindy Threlkeld sums up. "And Asheville, of those 100 cities, we rank number 9 in food hardship."
The web site "Take Part" spotlights the land of sky on its web site. Compiling a hunger list that also includes tourism hubs like Orlando, New Orleans, and Las Vegas.
One in five here in Asheville say they struggle with food hardship. Asheville's tourism appeal belies the issue you don't see in post cards.
"Sometimes, when you look over the mountains and think this is an incredible place you forget about the people living out in those hollars and the people that are really struggling, " says Threlkeld.
A struggle she says will only get worse now that thousands in WNC are without unemployment benefits.
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By John Le
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