Childhood Food Insecurity Continues to Decrease

Published 04/23 2014 10:38PM

Updated 04/24 2014 07:32AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Childhood hunger is an issue many organizations are working to fix.

A recent study shows their efforts are helping but the fight seems never-ending.

Feeding America released a study to see how many kids, under the age of 18, do not get enough food for an active and healthy life.

Numbers have decreased since last year but not by much.

"They're really trying to take a look at, for a family, can you provide three meals a day for everyone living in your family," said Second Harvest Executive Director Chad Higdon.

In Missouri, 22 percent of kids under the age of 18 are not getting enough food.

In Buchanan County, about 21 percent are food insecure. That is a one percent decrease from last year.

"We're trying to address that to make sure that kids aren't missing meals and families are able to provide what they can," he said.

Despite the downward trend food banks like Second Harvest said they still have a lot of work to do.

"How do we get these people to where they can provide for their families so that kids aren't going to school hungry," said Higdon.

Second Harvest Community Food Bank caters to 19 counties throughout northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas.

The amount of kids who lack access to food ranges from a low of 15.8 percent in Andrew County to 28.1 percent in Brown County, Kansas.

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