A national study found kids 8 to 10 years old sometimes think it's their fault if their family has trouble keeping food on the table. Economic hard times are proving hard on youngsters.
Missoula's community leaders met for the Healthy Start Council's annual "State of the Young Child." Experts on fetal alcohol syndrome and nutrition addressed the group. Many said Missoula provides a good environment for children, with lots of services.
The council said most Missoula kids are probably getting enough to eat. But processed, cheap food may be a problem.
"They may not be getting the right foods," said Healthy Start's Susan Barmeyer. "Cheap food is not high in nutritional value and so a child may have a bellyful. But it may not be full of the things that are going to make the child grow."