Study: 1 in 6 Americans at Risk of Hunger

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A new report shows that the number of Americans at risk of hunger is on the rise. It says one in every six Americans is food insecure, unable to get constant access to a healthy, well-balanced diet.

The food at the Central Virginia Food Bank is flying out this building quicker than it's coming it. That is just a quick snapshot of the problem the people who work in this building are dealing with everyday.

Eleanor Carr has been through a lot, but she is surviving any way she can. "I went through a lot of abuse when I was married the second time, and I got into the system and then in 2008, I had heart surgery."

Luckily, she's able to find food to eat everyday, but admits, "it probably wouldn't be like this meal here."

That's a growing problem in America, that has now reached a record high.

A new study says 1 in 6 Americans is at risk of hunger, meaning they are not getting the consistent, well balanced food needed to survive.

That's something Fay Lohr at the Food Bank isn't surprised to hear. She adds, things are worse here in Central Virginia than it is nationwide.

"We want a vibrant community. We can't have a vibrant community when children are going to bed hungry," says Lohr.

Adults too. "The wonderful part is that we have food in the house," says Lohr.

But, with the demand so high, things are still tight. In fact, the Community Kitchen hit the road this Thanksgiving week, giving out a record number of meals for one day.

Also, the number of kids the food bank helps through its weekend backpack program now sits around 1,600.

A small answer, to what Lohr says is a big problem. But, one problem that can be fixed.

"In our community, we all need to sit down together with local and state government, our businesses and say Richmond has a problem, Central Virginia has a problem and what are we going to do about it," says Lohr.

She adds, that means feeding one person at a time. That's something Eleanor is grateful for.

The study also says there is a bill working its way through Congress right now to help fight hunger among kids in America.

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