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Hunger Statistics show Hunger is Increasing in Our Youth
The last study on hunger in the U.S. was performed in 2002. At that time it was estimated there was over 12.4 million hungry children in the United States. This is a very disturbing fact for the one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The statistics for hunger have steadily grown since that time. The current estimate is 14 million!
There are 71,266 Alaskans living in poverty; 26,623 of those sited are children under the age of 18. There are 29,000 households affected by these statistics.
Only 2 in 10 children who received school lunch through the Federal Lunch Program also receive summer food when school is out. Studies show that consistent nutritional food also helps combat obesity in our youth.
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Participation in Federal Nutrition Programs
i. Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., Andrews, M., & Carlson, S. (2012). Household Food Security in the United States in 2011.USDA ERS.
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