No food when there’s no school. A lot of families, their kids don’t get their meals at home and school is the only way for them to get their meals. In Atlanta at least 80-percent of the children in public school are enrolled in the free or reduced price lunches.
Some area folks have volunteered to get kids meals. Sunday, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 15 North Georgia counties. When there is no school many kids go hungry and parents worry. Food insecurity is an issue for many children when school gets called off for the weather. Families rely on school to at least keep their kids in food even when they can’t. Having consistent food throughout the entire week and going into the weekend without a school day is critical. Some community mom groups have worked to get kids access to food.
The Freestore Food bank teamed up to hand out bags of healthy foods to children who would normally have been able to eat at school. It’s a good thing when the community can help to meet the needs for the children who otherwise wouldn’t have the food with them. Word of mouth got help out to those in need through the community and others went door-to-door passing out food.
Monthly giving is one way to make sure hungry kids get food. Just $1 will make sure a child gets ten meals. It’s not just Atlanta 1 in 5 kids lives in a home with a family who struggles to keep food in the home, that’s 16 million children in America struggling with hunger. Did you catch Jeff Bridges new Sleeping tapes during the Super bowl? 100-percent of each album goes directly to benefit kids in need through No Kid Hungry visit Dreamingwithjeff.com. Jeff is a national spokesperson for this cause and he really believes in helping kids to be hunger free.
Childhood hunger is a major issue in the United States. It begins with breakfast at school, the lunch programs, and some kids now stay after school for an additional meal before they go home. Hungry children don’t look any different teachers are trained to keep an eye out for a child who may be hungry and for his or her family that may be living food insecure. 4 out of 5 teachers say they have children in their classrooms who come to school hungry at least once a week. Inability to concentrate, poor academic performance, headaches and stomach aches, and general weakness.
“I was hungry, and just couldn’t think.” 53-percent of American teachers say they buy food for kids in their classes who are hungry. 1 out of 10 are doing it every single week.
For more information on organizations across American who can help visit The Hunger Project.