“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” – FDR
Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 10 million children lived in food-insecure households. Feeding America now estimates potentially 13 million children due to the pandemic
Children facing hunger begin life at a serious disadvantage. They are more likely to face higher risks of health conditions (e.g., anemia, asthma, etc.) in their first few years. In addition, as they grow up hungry and miss regular, balanced meals they are more likely to have problems in school and other social situations. It is documented hungry kids might experience developmental impairments including language and motor skills which might result in falling behind in our educational system. In addition, hungry children tend to have more social (a.k.a. behavioral) issues. Feeding America in its quest to keep every child healthy, offers specialized programs – after school, summer, school food pantries to name a few.
Feeding America’s credo: We have a responsibility to the next generation to give them every opportunity to succeed – which in turn will strengthen our communities and our country. That’s why feeding children facing hunger is a main priority of Feeding America.
Low income is the most common cause of food insecurity. Unfortunately, many people in America struggle to meet their basic needs. Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger. Lay-offs at work, unexpected expenses (healthcare, automobile or household) can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. Click on the link to learn more about U.S. Household Food Insecurity and child hunger in America and how you can make a difference.
This is such a timely piece as many states are now ending unemployment benefits today ushering in higher rates of family poverty again, and more young children are coming to emergency rooms positive with covid especially higher in states with low vaccination rates. We are not a country that has ever endorsed consistent policies to protect vulnerable children. This is not for lack of resources, but rather a lack of moral fiber.
Goof point re: unemployment benefits.
I’m an enthusiastic supporter of Feeding America… they do great work! Thank you for featuring them!