The number of children in the United States who are hungry has risen to nearly 50 million, up from just over 33 million last year, according to the U.S. Church.
The church published the numbers Tuesday at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The church said the number of hungry children was at its highest level since 2010, when the total was just below 40 million.
The number of students enrolled in school has risen more than 200 percent, from 6.3 million in the fall of 2015 to 10.2 million this fall.
Nearly 4.3 billion meals have been served in the U, according the church, which has said it is on track to meet its own goal of feeding 4 billion children by 2020.
More than half the children in America went hungry last year.
“As the nation faces unprecedented challenges, the church is asking you to keep your eyes open and be with our children,” Pastor John Dehlin, the archbishop of New York and the archdiocese of St. Louis, said in a news release.
“We ask you to pray for us as we struggle to feed our children and keep them safe from hunger.”