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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.

Dan Petrella/CU-CitizenAccess -- Canned foods fill the shelves at the Fisher Area Food Pantry.

Food insecurity grows in East Central Illinois

By Pam G. Dempsey ,, and Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media/ Kenneth Nelsen made his way around the Blue Ridge Township Town Hall in Mansfield, picking up canned food and produce as part of the monthly food pantry sponsored there by Mansfield United Methodist Church.

His visit in May to the Martha’s Cupboard Food Pantry was his fifth time and as of now, his only consistent source of food.

Pam G. Dempsey/ box of food from Martha's Cupboard Food Pantry sits on porch at an apartment complex across the street from the Blue Ridge Township Town Hall in Mansfield on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Apartment residents visit the monthly food pantry for supplies, which serves about 40 families. The town of Mansfield lacks a large grocery store. Nearly 2 million people statewide are do not have the money or resources to regularly get the food they need, according to a recent national study.

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