The focus of this website is all things life. This includes family, news, entertainment, health, and much more. There is an issue that is present in a county in North Carolina. This is issue cannot go unseen or unheard for much longer. It is a community in need of help. A major state magazine is reporting in its latest edition that Robeson County has more people living under the poverty level than any other county in North Carolina with a population of greater than 65,000.
Robeson County, with its 15 small cities, is home to the city that has been recorded as the poorest city in the United States. That city is Lumberton, North Carolina. The last updated median income report stated that the median income for Lumberton in 2013 was 28,293, with a population of 135,517. Out of 3,143 counties in the United States, Robeson County ranks 80th. The news in Robeson County is even worse. According to a recently released report from the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center, a full 33 percent of Robeson County residents —250 percent higher than the national average — live in poverty, and almost half of those 43,000 people have to worry about where they will get their next meal.
With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more. Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need.
The continuous increase of poverty in Robeson County is due to the economic and social impact of job loss. Many years ago, Robeson County had plenty of jobs to offer. There were factories that needed workers and bakeries that needed bakers, but eventually the factories were shut down. The decline in manufacturing left a lot of people without jobs.
The poverty came about due to a ripple effect of unfortunate events. First, the job loss. Second, the loss of household income. Third, loss of business tax. The cycle goes on and on. The lives of many people of the Lumbee tribe were effected. Robeson County is their home.
The goal has been to figure out what can be done to fix the issue of poverty in this county. Students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke conducted a research project that could help come solutions to the issue. The university is located in Robeson County. Their solutions are as follows; Need for funding programs, such as a food pantry and community garden. Community involvement is a major need.
Hunger does not just exist in local Robeson County community members, as quiet as it is kept, there are students, faculty, and staff right on the campus of UNC Pembroke who are hungry or food insecure. In 2013, through a non-random sampling, 200 students across the campus were given an adaption of a U.S Department of Agriculture measure of food security. The survey results proved that 11.5 freshman, 20percent sophomores, 34 percent juniors, 31.5 percent seniors, and 1.5 percent graduate students were food insecure. This information was provided by Christie Poteet, the CARE Resource Center director at UNCP.
Take a look at the powerpoint I put together: