Report: Ala. has highest rate of hunger in country

BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - A federal survey has found that people in 7 percent of Alabama households went hungry over the last three years because they couldn't afford enough food.

That research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Alabama had the highest rate of hunger in the country.

The Birmingham News reports that hunger affected twice as many households in the two-year period ending in 2009 than in the previous three years.

Hunger affected about 6.8 percent of Alabama households, or more than 126,000 homes. Nationally, about 5.2 percent of households were forced to eat less than normal because they lacked enough money for food.

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