Facts about a child who doesn't have enough to eat:
- the child doesn't do as well in school
- the child is more likely to get sick more often
- the child is less likely to graduate from high school and go on to college which will have a negative effect on his economic future
- the child experiences more frequents headaches, stomachaches, and colds
According to the US census, the number of children living in poverty has gone up by about 2 million in just the past two years.
Now about 1 in 4 children face hunger insecurity throughout the year.
- Food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Unemployment, rather than poverty, is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.
Hunger in the suburbs does exist and is growing. Feeding America estimates that 48% of all clients served reside in rural/suburban areas.
Hand2Hand operates in many suburbs where hunger is real for many children.
The need for a weekend food program:
- While children are in school they have access to breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, but majority of these students do not participate in or have access to after-school or weekend programs.
- 31.2 million children participated in the National School Lunch Program. 11 million students participated in the free or reduced priced breakfast program.
The cost of hunger:
- According to a report by the center of American Progress and Brandels University, “hunger costs our nation at least $167.5 billion due to the combination of lost economic productivity per year, more expensive public education because of the rising costs of poor education outcomes, avoidable health care costs, and the cost of charity to keep families fed.”
- In 2010, “it cost every citizen $542 due to the far-reaching consequences of hunger in our nation,” or $42,000 throughout an individuals lifetime. – Hunger In America