New study: Over 80,000 East Texas children at risk of hunger

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The East Texas Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, today released a new study which reveals in 26 East Texas counties, 27 percent of children, that's over 80,000, under the age of 18 are struggling with hunger.

The study, "Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011", also reveals that there are children struggling with hunger in every county in America.  Nationally, while one in six Americans are, overall, food insecure, the rate for children is much higher: nearly one in four children are food insecure.

Tonight on KTRE's East Texas News reporter Donna McCollum examines this critical information and how it is being used to help bridge the local hunger gap.  We hope you will watch tonight at 6.

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