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Feeding America's Food Insecurity Report Released

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A report from Feeding America, a national hunger-relief charity, is shedding more light on how many people in Virginia do not have food.

Twelve percent of the commonwealth's population is considered "food insecure" which means they do not know if they'll have any food when they come home from work or school. In Albemarle County the food insecurity rate is 9 percent, it is 11 percent in Fluvanna and Augusta counties.

Kevin Ruddle, the branch manager of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank said, "In the coverage area this branch covers, just Charlottesville branch - eight counties and the city of Charlottesville - 11,000 children are food insecure."

Ruddle says things are rough right now at the food bank; donations are down and more and more families are relying on it for food. On top of donations being down, the USDA program which accounts for 25 percent of the warehouse's food supply, is also down.

Ruddle describes Feeding America's report as "jaw dropping." He says this new report only touches the surface of the real face of hunger. He says there are a slew of families who do not receive food stamps that are food insecure.

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