Nevada Ranks High For Hungry Kids

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RENO, NV - Nevada is one of the top states where the most children go hungry, according to a report released by one of the largest hunger relief charities and food banks in the nation.

Feeding America created Map the Meal Gap, a study measuring food insecurity within the general population and children by state and county levels. The survey ranked Nevada as fourth worst in the nation for the highest rate of food insecurity among children.

Nevada tied with Georgia, while New Mexico topped the list. But the Food Bank of Northern Nevada says it has many programs to help with the problem.

"We sponsor kids' café sites in the schools after school so kids can have an early dinner before they go home," said Jocelyn Lantrip of Food Bank of Northern Nevada. "We do the summer meals program so we feed kids in parks when they are out of school."

Food stamp benefits have recently been cut and the food bank says high unemployment is continuing to impact hunger in Nevada.

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