While the national average shows 14.7 percent of American homes had low or very low food security between 2010 and 2012, Missouri's average is 16.7 percent, or about one out of six households. That's up from 15 percent during the 2007-2009 survey period. Glenn Koenen is Hunger Task Force Chair for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.
Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.
Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast. Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.
"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.