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17 Percent of US Children Under 5 May Face Hunger

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An estimated 3.5 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of hunger in the United States, according to a look at government numbers by an anti-hunger group. That's more than 17 percent of children who could suffer cognitive and developmental damage

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Dee C (23)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 5:36 am
"The not-for-profit advocacy group Feeding America based its findings on 2005-2007 data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Agriculture Department. The study, released Thursday, is the first to look at these numbers for children under the age of 5, according to the group.

The study also shows that in 11 states, more than 20 percent of children under 5 are at risk of going hungry. Louisiana has the highest rate, with just under a quarter of children at risk, followed by North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Idaho and Arkansas.

According to the Agriculture Department, 11 percent of households lacked enough food for an active, healthy life, before the economy worsened late last year.

The study looks at a range of children who are at risk, from those who have low quality or variety of food to those who regularly experience hunger."

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Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 9:20 am
There is no excuse for this in this country. This country is nothing but a haven for crooks and thieves that take from the middle class and poor. This is what capitalism does for the poor. This is the result of the trickle down theory. If poor people didn't have to pay 3 times more then a rich person for everything they buy in this country they might be able to make it without starving.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 6:30 pm
Nobody in America should go hungry !!!

Leigh B (211)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 9:00 pm
This is so unAmerican, we've got to take care of our children for the future of our generations to come!

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 7, 2009, 9:15 pm
Tell it to a rich man and he'll tell you. "I can't feed them all."

Chrissy N (118)
Friday May 8, 2009, 3:54 am
The so called richest nation on earth ..................................

Mandi T (375)
Friday May 8, 2009, 8:55 am
Sick~~ Our children need to be nourished and taken care of!
Tx Dee

johnnie W (23)
Friday May 8, 2009, 11:41 am
So tell me why we don't feed our own children first? I am all for feeding as many children as possible, but geez lets get hungry out of America first. Maybe some of the people who are so busy building schools for all these other nations children should think a little more about feedig them first. Then maybe we could help make up some of the difference, and not at the expense of the Children in america.

Dee C (23)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 1:19 pm
I think there are also some parents that need to take some responsibility in this..There are some out there who truly should not be a parent..I know of many who have receieved a lot of State help and yet their children still go hungry..
But yes..this country as admirable as it is in helping other countries..needs to put these kids first.,

Cynthia Davis (340)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 4:21 pm
3.5 MILLION children under the AGE OF 5 are at risk of hunger in the United States.
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