HungerHunger is not discriminatory, and it's everywhere. That's the message of a new study that shows children are struggling with hunger in every county and congressional district in America.

Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011 from Feeding America and funded by ConAgra Foods Foundation, shows that rates of child food insecurity range from a low of 7% in Steele County, North Dakota, to highs of more than 50% in Zavala and Starr Counties in Texas.

Food insecurity is the household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Food insecurity rates among households with children are substantially higher than those found in the general population, reports Feeding America, which along with network members supplies food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

Of course, while the problem is national in scope, some states and regions are suffering disproportionately.

There are 19 counties in the United States with more than 100,000 food insecure children each -- three of them are in New York City: Kings, Queens and Bronx counties. And in 314 counties, approximately 30% of children are struggling with food insecurity.

More than 30% of the counties in Arizona, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama rank among the highest 10% for child food insecurity rates in the nation.

The implications are huge. "Hunger can fundamentally alter the trajectory of a child's life," says Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "Research shows that children who experience hunger face significant stress and challenges that can have a lasting effect on their physical, cognitive and behavioral development."

"Children who come to school hungry are ill-prepared to learn and often have trouble focusing on their lessons. Raising healthy, well-educated children is vital to the prosperity of our nation," says Escarra.

The findings should be a wake up call. Says Escarra, "This research reinforces the fact that we cannot afford to balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. As Congress and the administration look for ways to reduce the federal deficit, we must protect the federal nutrition safety-net. Programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC and child nutrition programs keep millions of families from going hungry. Low-income children and families make up the majority of SNAP enrollment, and they need our support now more than ever."


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mikebraden007

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April 14 2013 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa Stalcup

did you read this at all,,,, the places that the kids are going hungry are not all places where illegals are they are places where all the jobs are gone where the business failed or went to other countries ,, most people i see are like my family ,, my husband lost his second job do to the cut backs all these companies are making ,, so our income dropped to half ,, i am disabled but never filed for help because we did not need it ,, but of course we do now but it has been to many years now for me to file ,, we have two children , 15 and just turned 18 ,, and we get food stamps now ,, and the money we get is all the money we have for food with out it we would be lost ,, we dont have cable , we dont go anywhere , my daughter walks a dog for a neighbor to pay for the at& t internet ,, so she can use it for school on this old computer some one gave us when they got a new one , she goes to a school on the other side of town that has a special program from the Cambridge university of England because she is smart
and she will have her associates degree from Cambridge when she graduates high school ,, she gets a fee lunch and breakfast ,, but the line is so long that if she gets in line to get lunch she wont get it before the bell rings that is how many kids are on the free lunch line ,, so she takes pb& j and carrots every single day ,, we are those terrible people you are talking about ,, those lazy people that wont work but we do and those that have tons of kids we dont and we have been married for 32 years now so they are both our kids ,, but all you seem to think is wrong read the story above to see where and who is hungry ,, and really ask your neighbor i bet you one of them are on one or the other side of you are getting food stamps ,,, your kids friends and even your family ,, do not judge people with your Ignorance!!!!!!!

September 23 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Hi, Carol & Doug

Lisa, Im sure there are many people in your situation and there should be no st igma attached to receiving help. In these times we know we would help on a person to person basis and count ourselves lucky to be able to do so. What part of the country are you in?

November 07 2011 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bix Nood

How about the government stopping ALL hand outs that subsidize indolence and bastardy?!? Parents, especially the welfare scum type, should not have kids they can't afford! Where in the Constitution does it say the government owes you a handout?!? Abolish ALL welfare!

August 28 2011 at 7:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
harrists1

If you can't feed em then don't breed em, since when is it my responsibility to feed your kids? If the parents would put down the crack pipe, get off the meth, and alcohol they could take care of their own kids. With out illegals and negros the problem would be much less.

August 28 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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David Williamson

Actually the majority of the people on welfare are Caucasian. Most of the public money went to wall-street to bail out big business. Blacks and Latinos not so much. QE1, QE2, Fed mandated low interest rates, yada yada.....

August 28 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mmlilting

Harris1, Florida has made it mandatory for welfare recipients to be tested for drug use. After testing results were compiled the state realized that 98% of welfare recipients are NOT on drugs. That was no surprise to many. In fact EVERYBODY with sense knows that many, Many, MANY more WHITES are on drugs than black people. As is the case in nearly everything else, some racist whites just PROJECT onto other people what they THEMSELVES are guilty of. Sad. Truly. Btw, some of those children you so cruelly dismiss are ORPHANS. Others are the children of a parent or parents who are now disabled or ill. The Bible says that an EVIL people ignores the poor. Surely you don't want to be as EVIL as you sound. Do you?

August 28 2011 at 6:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Bix Nood

That's what liberal idiots always say. Whites outnumber blacks 6 to 1. Percentage wise, blacks are as high as 48% of all welfare recipients in some places They need to abolish all forms of welfare except short term help. After 6 months, if you can't get it together, too bad!

August 28 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Corey Mondello

Red states always hold their hands out and ask for money, while screwing over their own folks and demonizing "liberals". Such scum like them should be eliminated from the USA, because they weaken us.

August 27 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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savemycountry911

What should we so with scum like you? How about a tour in Iraq?

August 29 2011 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SPQR

many of those stats represent illegals but notice they have a pretty little white girl looking like she is drprived. I am sure a few are. I know for a fact that where I live we only feed illegals at the food pantrys

August 27 2011 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sfamilyent

I don't think children are going hungry because we don't have programs in place that are intended to feed them... I think it is because the parents / guardians do not take advantage of the programs OR because the parents / guardians do not use the proceeds from the programs to feed the children. You would think that "food insecurity" would be considered a form of child abuse / neglect that should be used to justify terminating parental rights...

August 27 2011 at 5:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sweet Pooh

It's amazing the kind of comments a sad situatiom like this brings=Hello they are our future but of course we've got to feed our ME'S and close our eyes to the truth!

August 27 2011 at 2:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dabrownman

Come to think of it, I haven't seen any skin and bone kids in America like the ones you can see in Somalia, N Korea or any other number of countries where kids are really starving, You do hear stories where parents, guardians and foster parents starve children tin their care to death though.

August 27 2011 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dabrownman

Just the thought that we are giving billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries where the people there hate us and wish us all kinds if ill, while American children are going hungry - makes me very angry. Only our elected federal representatives would do such stupid things like this. We need to hold them accountable, make them fix the messes they have created at the federal level, then tar and feather them run them out of Washington DC on a rail and straight into a very foul prison somewhere in Afghanistan,

August 26 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply