TOPEKA — A task force focused on reducing hunger in Kansas was extended by the governor on Wednesday.
"Despite the fact that we live in a place like Kansas and the United States, we continue to have problems with poverty," said Gov. Mark Parkinson. "One of those problems is in the area of hunger."
One in seven Kansas households have experienced food insecurity in the past year, he said.
"This obviously causes all kinds of problems. We need food to live, we need quality food to ensure our kids grow up to lead happy and healthy lives," he said.
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To increase awareness, Parkinson declared September Hunger Awareness Month and signed an executive order extending the Kansas Food Security Task Force, which former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius created in 2005.