Hunger hotline seeks to reach SC residents in need

SOUTH CAROLINA — One in seven (14.1 percent) South Carolina residents live in households that can’t always afford enough food, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds a toll-free hotline to make it easier for them to access food from both private and governmental resources.

The hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET). The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), which is operating the hotline nationwide as part of a USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse contract, has just launched a coast-to-coast outreach campaign to increase the use of the hotline.

The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance, nutritional assistance programs, and various services that promote self-sufficiency. During summer months, the hotline provides information about meal sites where children 18 years old and under can get free, nutritious meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon highlights the importance of the hotline in the fight against hunger. “USDA’s nutrition assistance programs provide a nutrition safety net, helping to put food on the table in households across America. And the toll-free hotline is there for those in need to access this assistance, as well as help provided by private resources.”