Posted: Sep 23, 2013 8:39 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Sep 23, 2013 8:49 PM
BOZEMAN - One in five children are struggling with hunger in Montana. It's what experts say, is a hidden problem in the treasure state.
Minkie Medora, Co-Chair of Partnership to End Child Hunger said, "We want to not just feed children emergency food, while that is very important, we also want to find a way for them to have long term access to healthy, affordable food."
State leaders and community members gathered at Montana State University on Monday for the End Childhood Hunger Statewide Summit.
Organizers say they're focusing on children because they are the most vulnerable and are the future of Montana.
Governor Steve Bullock said we all need to help solve this problem and give Montana children the tools they need to succeed.
"How can we expect our kids to say, do that much better in math, become that much better as you go forward, if they're actually thinking more about the fact they haven't adequately eaten?," Governor Bullock said.
Another sobering statistic is that almost a quarter of Montana households with children struggle to afford enough food.
The summit will continue on Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m.