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The number of hungry families in Catawba County is growing, but a new grass roots relief organization is bringing families additional assistance by using a food donation method as simple as its name.
PORCH (People Offering Relief from Community Hunger) is a non-profit food assistance program designed to help those that are not fully served by existing relief organizations.
According to information provided by the Catawba County Department of Social Services, Catawba County had a 485 percent increase (from 4,956 to 28,970) in food assistance recipients between 2000 and 2012.
Even more alarming is the fact that 44.6 percent of those individuals are 20 years old or younger.
There are schools in the area where more than 95 percent of the children are on some type of food assistance program.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.