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June 4, 2012
A new study released today by Feeding America® shows that children continue to struggle with hunger in every county in the nation. More than 1,000 counties have more than one in four children who are at risk of hunger. The study, “Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2012” gives a one-of-a-kind look at the occurrence of child food insecurity in the U.S. at a county level. The report—along with an interactive map released today—charts the prevalence of food insecurity among children in every county and congressional district in the nation. Among the findings: Zavala, Texas has the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation with nearly half of the children there at risk of hunger; child food insecurity is more pervasive in rural counties; 61 percent of high child food insecurity counties are considered rural; there are more than 640,000 food insecure children in Los Angeles County. By providing the information at a county level, agencies and civic leaders can assess where the need is greatest to help feed the more than 16 million children nationwide who deal with the potential of hunger.
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