"Hungry Children, Hungry Minds: How Schools and Communities Can Help" is the topic of a brown-bag lunch presentation Wednesday in Astoria.

Patti Whitney-Wise, executive director for Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force, will give information about the problem of hunger among children. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the 800 Exchange St. building, conference room 300 on the third floor. Participants should bring their own lunch.

More than one in five children in Oregon face hunger, which affects their ability to learn. Whitney-Wise will talk about underlying causes of hunger in Oregon, recent research on the impact on learning and how schools and communities can help publicize and access food programs for those children and their families.

In Clatsop County, 2,015 people were served with emergency food boxes, of which about 806 were children, according to the "Status of Oregon's Children 2002" report released by Children First. In a typical month, 1, 429 children, or 17 percent of the children in the county, received assistance through food stamps.

Clatsop County Health and Human Services and the Commission on Children and Families are sponsoring the event. For more information, call the Commission on Children and Families at 338-3600, Ext. 2600.

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