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Help Us End Child Hunger Through Our Kid's Pantry Initiative.

In the U.S. today, 19 million children face hunger – that’s 1 in 5. Odds are, someone your child goes to school with struggles to get enough to eat.

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Child Hunger Fact Sheet

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Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.3 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.  Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

16 million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need

Believe it or not in this near booming economy over half of U.S. school kids are not able to afford a school lunch or even breakfast. There are schools where as much as 99% of the kids are on assisted lunch programs. This is actually the U.S. government measurement for poverty. Often, their families are facing extremely limited financial resources, and may be homeless, living in a shelter, in a hotel, or in the family car. The meals provided in the schools are the only nutritious meals that the kids have.  We need your help to assist in feeding these kids when they’re not in school.

These kids get their only nutritious meal(s) of the day at the school cafeteria. Missing meals and experiencing hunger impairs children’s development and achievement. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry document the negative effects of hunger on children’s academic performance and behavior in school. Hungry children have lower math scores. They are more likely to repeat a grade, come to school late, or miss it entirely. [Sources: http://www.nea.org and Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).