Are You Hungry?

08/04/13 4:39 PM

1 in 5 children in the United States don’t have enough to eat.  They don’t know when or where they will get their next meal.  Think about that for a moment.  1 out of every 5 kids hungry right here in the “land of plenty.   1 out of every 5 kids hungry  in a country that actually throws away close to half of the food it produces.

What about SNAP, formerly known as food stamps?  Those that can’t afford to buy groceries can get assistance through SNAP, right?  Did you know that SNAP participants are allotted only $4.00 daily?

Why is this issue so important?  From ShareOurStrength:

  • Children who are hungry have difficulties concentrating and performing in school.
  • Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food to eat have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems and be more aggressive and anxious.
  • Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.
  • Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
  • Children who face hunger are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and as adults.
What can you do?
Tell Congress that children in America should not go hungry.  Link
Watch the documentary  A Place At the Table  as it chronicles three families who suffer from food insecurity.
Can you eat healthy, nutritious meals on just $4.00?  Give it a try!

 

 

 

 

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