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Children and Hunger

In 2007, 691,000 children went hungry in America and one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately.

The Department of Agriculture reported Monday that during 2007 the number of children who suffered a substantial disruption in the amount of food they typically eat was more than double the 430,000 in 2006. This was the largest reported number since 1998 when 716,000 children went hungry.

Overall, in 2007, 12.2 percent of Americans didn’t have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.

Outlook for 2008

The number of hungry people is expected to increase dramatically. There has already been an increased demaind at food stamp agencies, emergency kitchens, and Women, Infants and Children clinics.

Among other findings:

  • The families with the highest rates of food insecurity were headed by single mothers (30.2 percent), black households (22.2 percent), Hispanic households (20.1 percent), and households with incomes below the official poverty line (37.7 percent).
  • States with families reporting the highest prevalence of food insecurity during 2005-2007 were Mississippi (17.4 percent), New Mexico (15 percent), Texas (14.8 percent) and Arkansas (14.4 percent).
  • The highest growth in food insecurity over the last 9 years came in Alaska and Iowa, both of which saw a 3.7 percent increase in families who struggled to eat adequately or had substantial food disruptions.

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