08/22/2011 04:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

ABC News To Highlight Hunger In America In New Series (VIDEO)

ABC News will kick off a series called “Hunger at Home: Crisis in America” on Wednesday, exploring the growing number of American families who battle hunger.

The basis for the series is a glaring statistic that some may find startling: one in six Americans does not get enough food.

"ABC World News" focused on the troubling trend last week with a segment by correspondent Jim Avila, who reported on the growing number of children living in poverty.

The upcoming segments will air on “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” with reporting from “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, chief medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, and correspondents Steve Osunsami and Deborah Roberts.

"ABC World News" evening anchor David Muir, who was on the ground in Somalia in July, said in a statement, “While seeing first-hand how famine is stealing children from their parents in Africa, there is also a portrait of hunger hidden right here in America. We must sound the alarm for the children in our own neighborhoods and towns who frequently go to bed having survived one more day of hunger."