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      Hannibal banquet showcases America TMs hunger problem

      Hannibal banquet showcases Americaâ??s hunger problem

      Participants in the NECAC Hunger Banquet were aghast when they saw some people eating heartily while others barely got a nibble.

      That was the idea behind Sunday TMs Hannibal event hosted by the Northeast Community Action Corporation.

      The hunger banquet showcased the growing hunger problem locally and nationally.

      Participants were divided into low-income, middle-class and high-income brackets.

      They were then served a meal that corresponded with their incomes.

      The banquet also featured a slide show, speakers from area food pantries and community groups, and a discussion on ways people can fight hunger regionally.

      It's trying to promote interest in our community and awareness about people who don't have enough food, Betty Whittaker, the CSBG program director for NECAC, said.

      11.2 percent to 16.4 percent of people in NECAC's 12-county area are classified as what Feeding America calls "food challenged." .The rates are higher for households with children.

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