The study is released at a time when Congress is debating more budget cuts to hunger relief. Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken says, "With nearly 50 million people in our country at risk of hunger, Feeding America urges Congress to begin a real dialog to identify bipartisan solutions to end hunger and create opportunity for low-income families."
Map the Meal Gap, sponsored by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation and Nielsen, also shows child hunger rates by county and state. Those findings are alarming in New Mexico where the child hunger rate is 29 percent, the highest in the country. The District of Columbia has a 28 percent child hunger rate. States with high child hunger rates include Florida with 27 percent and Ohio comes in at 25 percent.
Mississippi has counties with hunger rates higher than 30 percent of the general population.
Nationwide about 16 percent of the country suffers from hunger. The child hunger rate nationally reaches 21.6 percent. The findings do not take into account the effect of budget cuts to the food stamp program (SNAP) which took effect in November of last year.
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