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Here’s a look at some of our stories: 20 hours of Senate legislative debate could mean the end of Obamacare; the Justice Department once again takes aim at sanctuary cities; and a push for equality as landmark legislation marks a milestone.

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Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

MANNA FoodBank in Asheville distributed more than 4 million pounds of fresh produce in 2016. (MANNA FoodBank)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Fueling the belly and the soul is the goal of a growing number of food banks in North Carolina. While traditionally shelf-stable cans and prepared meals have long been thought of as the menu of choice for people in need, organizations are working to improve the food that is a

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates slightly fewer Americans are in need of food assistance, and the agency attributes the shift to an improving economy. (dodgertonskillhause/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – While approximately one in four North Carolinians utilizes food assistance programs at some point each year, at least some of the need for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is seeing a slight decrease. A report released by the U.S. Departme

North Carolina's Community Action Agencies

LILLINGTON, N.C. - With Valentine's Day just two days away, many North Carolinians are looking for ways to "show the love" to friends and family - but North Carolina's 37 community-action agencies do that 365 days a year in the communities they serve. At least 92,000 people annually receive assista

The Food Bank of the Albemarle and at least 20 other North Carolina food banks distribute venison donated from hunters across the state. (Food Bank of the Albemarle)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – North Carolina has an overabundance of deer and a growing population of citizens who are food insecure. While those may sound like two unrelated problems, a program is tackling them both in an unconventional way. The Farmers and Communities Manage Deer program began

The Family Resource Center at Emma leads groups, including Motheread, which teaches the importance of reading between a mother and child. Norma Duran Brown leads the class (right). Credit: Children First/Communities in Schools

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - As many people wait for the economic recovery to benefit them, communities across the state count on family resource centers to help support parents in the form of food-and-clothing access, parent education and after school care. Since public schools touch the lives of millions

Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley

MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting their first crop of organic, heirloom apples this year

The pressure is on for Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that would eliminate SNAP benefits for thousands of North Carolinians next July. Credit: Alvimann/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – After taking months to iron out a state budget, North Carolina lawmakers are now pushing bills that could have as great an impact on the state's citizens as the budget. One of those bills is House Bill 318, which includes a provision that could impact the eligibility of Supple

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