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North Carolina tied for fourth in hunger rate; SC close behind

(Oklahoma City-AP) November 1, 2005 - Households in North Carolina tied Texas and New Mexico for fourth place in a study of the rate of hunger in the United States in 2004.

The study was done by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

North Carolina, Texas and New Mexico all had a 4.9 percent rate of hunger for all households in their respective states. Ahead at 5.3 percent is Arkansas, with South Carolina at 5.5 percent. Oklahoma had the highest rate of hunger last year at 5.6 percent.

The study also says Oklahoma ranked fourth nationally in "food insecurity." The study analyzed US Department of Agriculture data. Texas was first in that category, Mississippi was second and New Mexico was third, followed by Oklahoma, South Carolina, Arkansas, Utah, Indiana, North Carolina and Arizona.

The report says the number of hungry households jumped nationally by 43 percent in the past five years.

Posted 11:34am by Bryce Mursch

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