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Report: 24% of Lubbock children at risk of hunger

From South Plains Food Bank: 

Lubbock, TX – A new study released today by the South Plains Food Bank (SPFB) in collaboration with Feeding America shows that 15,460 or one in four (24.2 percent) Lubbock children lived in households that were at risk of hunger in 2010.

"This study highlights an unacceptable level of food insecurity among our children," said David Weaver, Chief Executive Officer of SPFB. "Hungry children are more likely to have poor grades and health deficiencies, and these problems translate into lost productivity and higher health care costs as they age. We cannot afford to ignore this problem."

The study was released as Congress debates funding cuts to the federal SNAP program (aka food stamps). On Friday, a letter signed by 134 local organizations and individuals was sent to Congress Member Randy Neugebauer urging him to use his membership on the House Agriculture Committee to protect the program. More than 21,000 Lubbock children currently receive SNAP, over half of the caseload for Lubbock county.

"If federal programs are cut, charities like ours will not be able to shoulder the difference," said Weaver. "Our Members of Congress need to commit to our collective investment in child nutrition, or risk the consequences of increased child hunger here in Lubbock."

The national study was produced by Feeding America with support from the ConAgra Foods Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Nielsen, and may be found at http://j.mp/MapTheMealGap. A copy of the letter sent to Congressman Neugebauer may be found at http://j.mp/NeugebauerLetter.

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