Major cities across the country are seeing increases in hunger and homelessness, including some of the largest cities in North and South Carolina.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Thursday released a survey of 29 cities that showed significant increases in requests for emergency food assistance and the number of people without a place to live.
In North Carolina, Asheville, Charlotte and Gastonia all reported increases in food distributed to the needy between 2010 and 2011. Charlotte and Gastonia also saw more people who were homelessness.
In South Carolina, Charleston saw an increase in the number of emergency food requests. Officials also reported a 33 percent rise in the number of homeless people, with more than 800 people living in a shelter or transitional housing at some point.