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One in five children in county doesn't have enough food

By Julie Wurth/The News-Gazette -- One in five children in Champaign County doesn't have enough food, and many of them are not eligible for subsidized school lunches or other federal food assistance, hunger experts say.

The numbers come from a "food insecurity" study originally published last spring by Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization, and updated recently by Craig Gundersen, associate professor in the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.

Gundersen, who spoke at a hunger symposium Monday night, said childhood poverty and hunger rates are higher than those of the general population, and he found the same for those who are "food insecure" — unable to get enough food on a regular basis.

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