Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Study: Too Many Hungry Idaho Children

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:44 AM

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A new study out today by Feeding America confirms what too many Idahoans know already: that an increasing number of men, women and children are going to bed hungry in a number of regions across the Gem State.

According to the survey, pushed out by the Idaho Food Bank, a stunning 15.6 percent of Idaho's population doesn't know where their next meal will come from. The percentage is even worse—21.1 percent—when it comes to Idaho children experiencing food insecurity.

“Even as the economy improves, food insecurity is not diminishing in most areas of our state. The need for our services has yet to see a decrease," said Idaho Foodbank CEO Karen Vauk.

Some of the highest percentages of families experiencing food insecurity were found in Madison County (21. percent) and Lemhi (10.7 percent), Shoshone (19.5 percent) and Adams (19.1 percent) counties. For children, some of the hardest hit counties were Lemhi (29.8 percent), Adams (2.6.4 percent) and Shoshone (26 percent) counties.


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