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Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000
Food insecurity is affecting one in five children in Newton County
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More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

One of those children is Bill, 16, whose guardian and grandmother, Susan, has been seeking food assistance from the Newton County Community Food Pantry since she was laid off about five years ago.

“I managed pretty good for a while but then, I’m diabetic, and…sometimes I was short on food,” said Susan, who is now 69. (The names of Susan and her grandson have been changed to protect their privacy.)

“It got kinda tight on me and so I go to the food pantry every once in a while,” she said. “I think [people] should understand that there are a lot of people that really need it.”

The Community Food Pantry is one of several local food banks that fill grocery bags for those in need, although each recipient is limited to one visit every four months.

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