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Published September 06, 2012, 09:29 PM

A new study shows that local households are short on food

(WDAY TV) -- A new study shines a light on a quiet epidemic in the region. A shocking number of households that are short on food. And the interesting trends it revealed about hunger in North Dakota and Minnesota.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- A new study shines a light on a quiet epidemic in the region. A shocking number of households that are short on food. And the interesting trends it revealed about hunger in North Dakota and Minnesota.

The term "food security" refers to a household's access to food. A food "insecure" household is one that does not have consistent access to enough food to keep the family healthy.

One in ten Minnesota households is food insecure, according to a new report released by the USDA.

In North Dakota, seven percent of households are food insecure - that is the lowest rate in the nation.

But even the lowest numbers can be surprising when put into perspective.

Linda Sailer with the Great Plains Food Bank says one in eleven North Dakota citizens uses some form of food assistance.

Sailer: "And if eleven people that you know don't have any insecurity relative to accessing food, you know, you can say, "well they just don't exist," or "those are the people that are strictly not working and not wanting to get a job." It's far from the truth."

September is Hunger Action Month.

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