By Mary Giunca
North Carolina has a higher-than-average food insecurity rate — 16 percent, ranking it eighth among the United States for the number of people who lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
In comparison, a total of 13 percent of Americans were considered food insecure between 2013-15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.
When the Appalachian Community explores a social problem like this, it doesn’t “just talk.”
“I’ve never been surrounded by so many doers,” Dr. Jacqui Ignatova said about the culture at Appalachian State University. “We don’t just talk here. We’re also committed to doing work that advances positive social change.”
Ignatova teaches in the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development and was a co-organizer of the 2017 Food Summit that brought together people interested in relevant issues such as food insecurity and agrobiodiversity conservation.
The following stories explore how she and others at Appalachian use innovative thinking and action to approach the issue of how to feed America: