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Wear Orange Wednesday is bringing awareness to childhood hunger in Montana

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No Kid Hungry reports that 1 in 5 children in Montana are hungry or food insecure No Kid Hungry reports that 1 in 5 children in Montana are hungry or food insecure
The Bullock family wore orange Wednesday to support the fight against childhood hunger The Bullock family wore orange Wednesday to support the fight against childhood hunger
HELENA -- Orange is the color of the day for folks showing their support of the fight to end childhood hunger. It's “Wear Orange Wednesday” as part of Fight Childhood Hunger week in Montana. 

People across the state are wearing the color to draw attention to the fact that, according to the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, one in five kids in Montana is hungry, or food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal will come from. 

Lily Herd with Montana No Kid Hungry says, "That number is just way to high, and so this week is in hopes of getting more people involved in the movement to combat childhood hunger." 

Members of AmeriCorps Vista and Montana No Kid Hungry say today's orange outreach is a way to get more people involved in the effort to end childhood hunger, especially young people. 

"One of the points of Fight Childhood Hunger week is that it's supposed to be youth led, youth service, kids helping kids, and obviously kids are the future so if we can get them started thinking about these issues early, it can make a big impact,” says Sandor Axelrod, an AmeriCorps state member. 

Fight Childhood Hunger Week volunteer Natalie Hofstad says, “It's important for the community to realize just what an important cause this is and how we need the involvement of everyone to solve it."  

For more information, visit the "No Kid Hungry" website, or the Fight Childhood Hunger site.

You can also follow the online discussion by using the hashtag #wearorangewednesday.

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