Local groups raise awareness about hunger in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Fourteen years ago, Rose Rangle was married with four children. The family fell on hard times, and food was scarce.

"It's very stressful when you can't feed your family," said Rangle.

Since then, the situation in Bakersfield and the rest of Kern County has not gotten any better. It's getting worse.

That's why local groups, such as the Kern Food Policy Council, decided to hold events to raise awareness about hunger in Kern County.

"What I find daily now is people aren't aware that Bakersfield has the largest number of people insecure in the nation," said Chris Stille with Kern Food Policy Council.

The awareness campaign kicked off with a special showing of the critically acclaimed documentary, "A Place at the Table."

Stille said the goal is to bring diverse groups in a cooperative venture to reach out and provide food for the neediest in Kern County.