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End Childhood Hunger Summit Begins In Bozeman

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One in five Montana children struggles with hunger. At the "End Childhood Hunger" summit on Monday and Tuesday, state and local leaders will figure out ways to cut back on the number of children going hungry.

At the summit, action groups are formed to give the community the resources to help lower that number.

"More and more resources need to be allocated toward ending hunger otherwise it's not making a difference or as much as we want to see in the numbers," said Lisa Lee, Co-Chair of Montana Partnership to End Childhood Hunger.

Co-Chair of Montana Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Lisa Lee said when a child goes hungry, it affects their overall performance in school.

"They attend less school. They are less likely to graduate. They are less likely to go on and succeed later in life," said Lee.

It also affects a child's health.

"They're most likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, become overweight or obese," said Lee.

A 10-step plan has been created to decrease the number of children going hungry.

"The plan touches on school programs, childcare from agriculture to nutrition education," said Lee.

Governor Steve Bullock was a guest speaker at the summit. He said when a child goes hungry, it hurts our economy.

"In the long-term, there is not going to be successes in our children," said Bullock. "When a family is dealing with overall food prices and the kids are not being fed, it's that much more of a challenge for everyone."

He said he is working to make sure no child goes without being fed.
 
"We've already had a number of meetings in advance to say where can we help fill the holes," said Bullock. A part of that comes from public policy, part of that comes from working with private sectors saying let's build sustainable programs."

Also at the summit on Monday, the First Lady of Montana, Lisa Bullock also spoke about ending childhood hunger.

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