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Hunger Awareness Day to Shed Light on Surprising Face of Hunger June 5

opeful that today we will inspire thousands to take action to help move us closer to a hunger free America."

Themed "The Face of Hunger Will Surprise You," this year's Hunger Awareness Day events aimed to draw greater attention to the growing number of struggling low-income Americans who are often forced to choose between paying for utilities, medicine, gasoline or putting food on the table. Some of the events occurring at local food banks, community agencies and pantries across the country today were:

-- Dine Out Against Hunger in Colorado where participating restaurants are donating Hunger Day proceeds to hunger relief
-- The Hunger Awareness Day Conference in Virginia focuses on children, seniors and community development
-- A Chefs' Affaire in Idaho at which 20 chefs will be auctioned off to prepare dinner
-- Bike for Bread in Connecticut where students have organized a bike-a-thon to support local food banks and community meal centers
-- Faces of Hunger and Hope Interfaith Service in Atlanta honoring the work of Metro Atlanta's faith community in helping feed the hungry

Also adding to the campaign visibility was the national release of The Almanac of Hunger and Poverty in America 2007. Sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc., the Almanac is the most comprehensive resource available offering demographic details around the many faces of hunger -- from working parents to young children and seniors in every state across the nation. It combines original data and research from America's Second Harvest with current statistics from government agencies including the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More than 35 million people in the United States, including 12 million children are identified by the USDA as being at risk of hunger, which means they are sometimes uncertain as to where they will find their next meal.

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