US Child Hunger Rates By State: Feeding America Reveals Places With Most Food-Insecure Kids

New Mexico has the hungriest kids in the country, with 30.6 percent having "uncertain access to adequate food," according to Feeding America's rankings by state.

The hunger charity released recently its rankings of child food insecurity by state, noting the average was 22.4 percent.

The results from this study are appalling," Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, said in a food bank news release. "It’s shocking to learn that a third of our children aren’t able to access enough food to eat on a regular basis.”

The District of Columbia (bunched in with the states) was a close second at 30 percent and Arizona, at 29.9 percent, ranked third. At the other end, North Dakota had the lowest percentage of hungry children at 10.2.

In alarming national data released earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that 29.2 percent of American families with children are struggling with hunger.

Click on the slideshow below for the 10 states with the hungriest children.

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10 Most Food Insecure States For Children Per Capita