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A report recently released from the US Department of Agriculture found that over 12-percent of Missourians are struggling with hunger. KSMU's Jana Greer has more.
In an annual report, the US Department of Agriculture found that over 290-thousand people in Missouri are struggling to afford enough food to feed them and their families. It's a small increase from previous years. Christine Woody is the Hunger Task Force Coordinator for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. She explains why more people are having trouble getting enough food.
The report showed that nearly 800-thousand people in Missouri rely on the Food Stamp Program. Woody says it's the best program to beat hunger.
Sometimes the Food Stamp Program isn't enough. But congress is currently reauthorizing a bill that would make changes to the program. The revisions would make the program more accessible to families and increase the benefits to keep up with the cost of living.
More information about the report from the US Department of Agriculture can be found by using the link at our website, KSMU.org.