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Local food banks see increased need as pandemic, rising food prices worsen food insecurity

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Salem United Methodist Church volunteers at the Share The Bounty Food Pantry

Food insecurity is an ongoing problem in eastern North Carolina. But the pandemic and rising food prices have made it especially hard for some local families to put food on the table. PRE’s Jared Brumbaugh and Meredith Radford have more on how communities across the region are affected by food insecurity and ways organizations are helping those in need.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.
Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.