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Hundreds more children at-risk of hunger

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Hundreds more area children are at risk of being hungry this year. And the problem is growing in rural communities.

Around 70,000 area residents, more than 40% of whom are children, are at risk of hunger. A new study Feeding America released shows 1,500 more children are at risk this year compared to last year.

This research done through the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, indicates food insecurity continues to be very high in the Texas panhandle. And that it's a growing issue and mainly being seen in rural communities.

Zack Wilson, the Executive Director of the High Plains Food Bank, says, "Some of our rural counties are some of the ones who are very most in the spotlight here as far as food insecurity. Hall County remains right under 20% of the total population food insecure. Right behind that second place is Potter County, right here in Amarillo."

Wilson says they're working on adding more supermarkets in rural areas because for many people grocery stores are up to 100 miles away.

He says the drought, high food prices, and the economy are factors contributing to the growing population of area residents at risk of hunger.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.