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One in four Americans must choose between food and bills

According to the 2010 Hormel Hunger Survey, 28 percent of Americans said they or their family members have had to decide between paying bills and buying food in the past year.

The study, released Monday by the Hormel Foods Corp., also found that 10 percent of the surveyed individuals went to bed hungry at least once in 2010, while 54 percent are concerned about the food security of other Americans, up 8 percent from last year, reports

"We hope this survey provides facts about hunger and makes clear that it is still a problem both in the United States and abroad," Julie Craven of Hormel Foods told the news source.

Still, most Americans said their ability to pay bills hasn't changed in the last year, according to the study. A majority of respondents also said providing access to larger grocery stores would help hunger, malnutrition, life expectancy and low test scores, among other problems, reports the news source.

According to the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, 14.7 percent of U.S. households encountered some form of food insecurity in 2009.
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