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The number of hungry families in Washington double

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--The number of hungry families in Washington double. The U.S.D.A says the number of hungry families in Washington has doubled in the last few years and the state now ranks as one of the hungriest in the nation. 

One in seven people in Benton and Franklin Counties struggles with hunger, 50% of those are children.

Last year 2nd Harvest gave out more than 5.5 million pounds of food. This year they have been stretched thin on supplies. Right now they are serving 40% more people than last year. They tell us it is because of the recession that is finally hitting the Tri-Cities.

Kathye Kilgore of 2nd Harvest says "the news wants you to believe that the Tri-Cities has been insulated. That we have not been impacted by the recession like the rest of the country. It's finally hit us." Kilgore says the demand for food may get even worse in the next few months.

It could take a while to bounce back from such a large number of people who need food at this time. 2nd Harvest says they are relying on donors to help feed families locally.

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