Unpacking BackPacks: Addressing Stigma for Food Insecure Teens

On a recent February afternoon, social workers, school counselors, teachers, and church leaders from throughout Northwest North Carolina gathered around the long tables of Second Harvest’s meeting room.

“Are they self-conscious about it? Of course they are! In middle school they are self-conscious about everything!”

That is how the conversation started.

The question before the group today was stigma: the stigma associated with receiving food assistance for middle and high school students.

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