While more people are finding themselves in need of food assistance, the numbers are even higher for Tri-State children.
"There are over 47,000 children who are food insecure, meaning they don't always have that meal available to them," Tri-State Food Bank Executive Director Mary Blair said.
Nationwide, about 16.6-percent of adults are lack food security. Locally, that number is 15-percent.
However, almost 24-percent of local kids are food insecure.
"I'm not really sure why that is," Blair said, "if we just have a higher number of kids here, or the families are larger."
Whatever the cause, Blair says the consequences are far-reaching.
Hungry children struggle to concentrate and fall behind in school and the cycle of poverty will continue.
The Tri-State Food Bank says they've been putting together backpacks full of nutritious, non-perishable food and distributing them on Fridays to children who rely on free lunches through the week.
Blair says the food bank will be facing some cuts in the coming months and they will have a hard time stretching their dollar.
If you'd like to help, visit the Tri-State Food Bank website -http://www.tristatefoodbank.org/index.php/you-can-help
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