49% of Newborns on Food Assistance Program

Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 11:21 AM

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A shocking 49 percent of all babies born in the U.S. are born to families receiving food supplements from the WIC program, according to Jean Daniel, spokesperson for the USDA.

As many as 17 million children nationwide are struggling with what is known as food insecurity. To put it another way, one in four children in the country is living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life, according to the study, "Map the Meal Child Food Insecurity 2011."

Other findings from study:

- In 314 counties around the country, one third of the children in the county are living in food-insecure households.

- Nineteen counties are home to more than 100,000 children living in food-insecure households. And three of those counties have more than 300,000 food-insecure children.

- Steele County, N.D., has the lowest number of children at risk of hunger, at 7 percent.

- Starr and Zavala counties in Texas, near the border with Mexico, have the highest rates, with over 50 percent of the children in those counties living in food-insecure households.

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