While child hunger was a significant problem before the recession, the recession has made the problem much worse. The percentage of children living in food-insecure households rose by 34 percent from 2007 to 2008.[i] Undernourished children 0-3 years of age cannot learn as much, as fast or as well because their condition changes the fundamental architecture of the brain and central nervous system.  Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school. The annual cost of our nation’s hunger problem is estimated at over $90 billion per year, and costs Indiana roughly $1.9 billion per year.