A Landmark new study released last week by Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., reported that more than 37 million people, or one in eight Americans -- including 14 million children and almost 3 million seniors -- need emergency food assistance each year from the nation's network of food banks and the agencies they serve.

The findings from "Hunger in America 2010" represent a numbing 46% increase since the organization's previous study, "Hunger in America 2006."

Furthermore, more than one in three client households are experiencing very low food security -- "or hunger" -- a 54% increase in the number of households from four years ago, according to the 2010 report.

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