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Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, November 8:
Mention the word hunger and many Americans start picturing children in developing countries -- not here in the United States. What they may not know is that up to one-fourth of all American children are food insecure meaning they don't have "access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life." That definition comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Children are especially vulnerable. In Pennsylvania, it's estimated that more than 588,000 kids under the age of 18 are food insecure. In Central Pennsylvania, 21% of children sometimes go hungry.
Adults are also affected. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank says 44% of those they serve said they have had to choose between food and paying for utilities or heat.
Thursday's Radio Smart Talk features a discussion of hunger in Central Pennsylvania and what you can do to help.
Also, a week after Hurricane Sandy ravished areas of New Jersey and New York and while another strong storm is targeting many of the same places, we'll hear from Kathy Smyser of the American Red Cross about ongoing relief efforts.
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Joe Arthur, Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Maria Schaszberger, Communications Director, Water Street Ministries
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