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Feeding America SWVA finds 1 in 8 at risk of hunger

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The next time you sit down to eat, think about this: You likely know someone who does not know where their next meal is coming from.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia on Monday, released the results of its newest Map the Meal Gap study.  The research estimated the risk of people to go hungry.

The study found 12.5% of people in SWVA are at risk of hunger.  That's 1 in every 8 people in the 26 counties and ten cities that Feeding America SWVA covers.

"This new data confirms that we've been seeing – that too many people are at risk of hunger right here at home," said Pamela Irvine, president and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, in a news release.

"We are particularly concerned about children who are under-nourished," Irvine continued. "Children who do not receive adequate nutrition may experience behavioral problems, have difficulty concentrating in school, and has an increased risk of medical problems. Lack of adequate nutrition in children, for even a brief period of time, may also cause permanent physical and developmental impairments."

The USDA estimates that 50 million Americans overall are at risk of going hungry.

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