Sophia Wilhelm


Kelie Roy is both a mother to Jonah Roy and a full time student at UNC.

She's a single mother recovering from addiction. Soon, she'll be a UNC graduate.

Kelie Roy, 23, will be getting her UNC cap and gown in just three months. But she won’t be the only one wearing a party hat that month — her son will also be celebrating his fourth birthday. Philosophy major Roy was 20 years old when she found out she was pregnant.  Three years prior to her pregnancy, Roy was in high school. She was suspended for possession of drugs and was diagnosed with PTSD from sexual assault.  She switched high schools, hoping to get a fresh start, but then ended up eating lunch in the school bathroom.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Buckmire.

Local nonprofits help North Carolina combat food insecurity

With one in four children facing food deprivation, North Carolina has one of the highest percentages of children who are food insecure in the U.S., according to a report by NC Food Banks. Staff writer Sophia Wilhelm looked into three local organizations that help children's food insecurity in Orange, Chatham and other surrounding counties.