Reports: ID improves but still lagging on hunger - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Reports: ID improves but still lagging on hunger

BOISE, Idaho. - A new study has found that Idaho ranks among the 10 worst states for the percentage of hungry kids younger than 5 but is also among 10 states showing the most improvement in combating child hunger.

The study titled "Feeding America: Child Food Insecurity in the United States," by the nonprofit group Feeding America found that 20.2 percent of Idaho children under 5 lived with hunger from 2005 to 2007.

That ranked Idaho 10th worst in the nation.

The study also compared the most recent results with 2003 to 2005 and found the number of Idaho children under 18 who lived with hunger dropped 21.7 percent.

That ranked Idaho fourth in showing improvement. Tom Shanahan, a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, says the numbers show the state is heading in the right direction.

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