If you had to picture what child hunger looked like, what image would come to your mind? Would South Carolina be represented in that image? Ms. Ashley Page, Childhood Hunger Community Organizer for the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, says these questions help fuel her advocacy and work around the issue.
As a native of South Carolina, Ms. Page’s pride for her state has served as motivation for finding innovative ways of addressing the various disparities that she sees. In 2015, Feeding America reported that 27% of South Carolina’s children struggled with hunger, a number that has increased from 24.3% in 2014. While talking about her work with End Child Hunger SC, Ms. Page shared, “for many people, when they hear child hunger, their mind drifts to a foreign country or a state far away. They don’t often think of South Carolina or even the county that they live in. Child Hunger is a very real issue in our state!”
End Child Hunger SC has a mission to build awareness, increase community capacity and create a coordinated effort to address child hunger in South Carolina. Compiled of a multiple community partners, End Child Hunger SC has shifted from its beginnings as a quarterly meeting to discuss food disparities within the state, to a program with various initiatives. Some of their initiatives include: