When a child is hungry, their ability to focus at school can be impacted. Hungry teens are more likely, than their regularly-fed peers to have various mental-health problems and contemplate suicide.
A hungry adult is more susceptible to certain health problems brought on by a lack of nutrition, which can affect their ability to work. Hungry seniors are more susceptible to depression. Reports suggest (www.feedingAmerica.com) if hunger were eliminated, the nation would be able to curb costs in the health care and education systems. 1 in 5 children in the United States struggle with hunger and teachers have reported 3 of 5 students come to school hungry. (www.nokidhungry.org) These children come from homes where parents routinely have to make tough choices between paying the rent and putting food on the table.
A hungry child cannot focus in school; they struggle to perform in the classroom, consistently scoring lower than their peers in key areas, including mathematics. In order to ensure that food-insecure children in our community have the nutritious food they need to grow, learn, and thrive, we need to act now!