WASHINGTON (AP) - New government figures show that almost 700,000 children went hungry in America at some point in 2007.
That number was up more than 50 percent from the year before and reached its highest point since 1998.
The Agriculture Department's annual survey of food security, released Monday, also shows that more than 36 million adults and children struggled against hunger last year.
That's up by 700,000 since 2006. These are people who either didn't have enough money for food or access to enough food aid to maintain active healthy lives.
Almost a third of these people, or nearly 12 million, had what the government calls "very low food security." That means they had a substantial disruption in the amount of food they typically eat.
2nd Harvest of the Tri-Cities reported that 47 percent of their clients are children. Director Kathye Kilgore said there is a hunger problem in the Tri-Cities community.
Kilgore said food donations are down and there is a 27 percent increase in the number of people needing food in the community.