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35.5 million: Number of Americans who went hungry in 2006.

2.5 million: Increase over 2005 in the number of Americans who went hungry.

1 in 10: Number of American households now considered "food-insecure."

60: Percentage of USDA's spending that goes to food stamps and other public nutrition programs.

1 in 5: Number of Americans affected by those programs.

66,200: Annual number of Vermonters who receive emergency food assistance.

8.8: Percentage of Vermont households considered food-insecure from 1996 to 1998.

9.5: Percentage of Vermont households considered food-insecure from 2003 to 2005.

15: Vermont's food-insecurity rating among the ?50 states. The higher the number, the more "food-insecure."

2: Percentage of Vermont households considered to have "very low food security" from 2000 to 2002.

4.3: Percentage of Vermont households considered to have "very low food security" from 2004 to 2006.

1 in 3: Number of Vermont households seeking emergency food assistance that include at least one employed adult.

?$48 million: Total amount of food stamps issued in Vermont in 2006.

?38: Percentage of Vermont Foodbank clients who must choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.

?33: Percentage of Vermont Foodbank clients who must choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.

28: Percentage of Vermont Foodbank clients who must choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

?Sources: USDA, Vermont Foodbank, America's Second Harvest

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Ken Picard

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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.

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