Hunger in Children
A lack of necessary vitamins and minerals affects child developmental milestones. Hungry children may have learning disabilities, trouble focusing, or lack of energy or motivation. In addition, Hungry children may feel embarrassed or ashamed coming early to school for breakfast or receiving free lunch. They may feel stress, anxiety, depression, or withdrawal.
We also understand that hungry children struggle academically and poorer overall health. They often come to school tired or cranky, resulting in behavioral or emotional issues. They struggle academically with Lower math scores, may need to repeat a grade, and often come to school late or frequent absenteeism because of health issues.
We strive to bridge the gap between childhood hunger and access to healthy and nutritional food so each child can develop and grow, succeed in school, and have a feeling of self-worth.