Hunger does not discriminate.
Hunger affects all gender, races and ages.
Ending hunger is an important step in having a strong, thriving Heartland.
If the cycle of hunger is not broken in a child’s early years, it will continue to affect him/her and our community
…with health issues and higher health care costs , lower education and higher drop-out rates, a less competitive and productive workforce and a perpetuation of poverty.
What does hunger feel like to a child?
As the sun rises over the Missouri River, a child wakes up again to the familiar hunger pangs from the night before. In her neighborhood, she is one of five families who are struggling to put food on the table. Although she is leaving her home hungry, she is thankful that her family was able to pay their utility bill this month (46% of households served by the Feeding America network have to choose between food and critical bills). Once at school, she shuffles into her familiar classroom, glances at the clock, just a few more hours until lunch and settles in her desk for the day.
School breakfast is not reaching as many low income chldren as it could. Only 37% of those eligible for free/reduced lunch are eating school breakfast.
By the time lunch arrives, she has struggled through her math test and unfortunately got in trouble for disrupting class. She wasn’t able to remember much of what she studied last night. Discouraged and hungry, she makes her way into the cafeteria and makes a beeline for a lunch tray.
Children experiencing hunger fall behind:
academically physically emotionally socially cognitively