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Montana News

Feb 21, 2012 7:16 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)

New MT campaign tackles childhood hunger

The State of Montana is launching a new program to combat childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength, a Washington, D.C. organization committed to ending hunger in America, gave the Montana Department of Health & Human Services $145,000 to start Montana's No Kid Hungry program.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Helena on Tuesday.

It aims to improve access to programs which provide food to families in need.

Tom Nelson, Share Our Strength president, said, "It's a problem that is pervasive in this country, particularly in these times, this tough economic time. So there are definitely children, they may be invisible, they may be voiceless but there are children who are at risk of going to bed hungry every night."

Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) noted, "Often times a family can afford food, but not proper nutrition. Sometimes it's a lot cheaper to feed a child carbohydrates and then they are not getting the adequate protein, which is so important during those growth."

This funding will help boost the WIC and SNAP programs.

FeedingAmerica.org estimates that 48,000 children in Montana are classified as "food-insecure."

Learn more at NoKidHungry.org.

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