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End Childhood Hunger Summit Wraps Up

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BOZEMAN -

According to a 2011 Montana Census, 48,000 of our state's kids live in different levels of poverty. That was one of the statistics driven home at the "End Childhood Hunger" summit in Bozeman.

The purpose of the summit that ran Monday and Tuesday was to work with state and local leaders to find out ways we can eliminate childhood hunger across the state.

More than 200 people attended the summit including, Governor Bullock, food bank leaders and school administrators.

Coordinator of Backpack Meals, Virginia Lee Mermel spoke at the summit and said ending childhood hunger is a community effort.

"We need to get cooking classes that involve the entire family," said Mermel. "We are going to go into our community on a more large scale basis, so that people living on a budget have more of an opportunity to cook healthy for their families."

Mermel said if a child goes hungry, it can affect both their academics and their health.

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