WILMINGTON — Every night, about 630,000 people in North Carolina households don’t have enough to eat.
In New Hanover County alone, about 16,000 Wilmington residents live in a food desert, according to County Manager Chris Coudriet. But, what is a “food desert?”
The USDA defines food deserts as census tracts—also known as neighborhoods—that are both low-income and have low-access to grocery stores or supermarkets.
There are several organizations working to combat the issue of food deserts and food insecurity throughout New Hanover county.