Thirty percent of children in Oregon don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Research shows that children who don’t get enough to eat get sick more often and don’t perform as well in school.
The supervisor for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program through Lane County, Connie Sullivan says childhood poverty is a growing issue.
“We do see lots of children living in poverty. We know that schools have very high free and reduced lunch program participation here in this area. And the economy is just not very supportive of families at this point,” said Connie Sullivan, WIC Supervisor.
Twenty-six percent of those who receive food assistance in Lane County are children.