Hunger is a devastating challenge for many Americans who suffer its impact with effects further studied based on demographics such as age, ethnicity, culture and community locale. The harm levied upon each segment of our population is studied by researchers but herein we highlight data that focuses on children.
A national hunger relief agency states that “hunger is especially harmful in childhood because hunger deprives kids of more than just food. On empty stomachs, kids don’t have the energy to focus, engage, learn and grow.” Yet, this is the reality for 1 in 6 children in the U.S. who worry about when they’ll have their next meal.
What are the effects of child hunger?
A food-insecure family of four is estimated to need the equivalent of nearly 100 additional meals a month because they lack enough money to buy food.
Over 80% of households with at least one child served by hunger relief agencies report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if it wasn’t the healthiest option to provide enough food for the household.
20% of food-insecure children live in households that earn too much to qualify for most federal nutrition assistance—these families rely on charitable organizations to make ends meet.
Studies show that proper nutrition in the first three years of life, is critical to a child’s physical and emotional development.
Children from families struggling with hunger may be more likely to:
- Repeat a grade in elementary school
- Experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills
- Have more social and behavioral problems
A child’s chance at a bright tomorrow starts with having enough good, healthy food today.
BAN Productions helps so many kids and their families access the nutritious food they need to be healthy and grow strong through its vendor partners and programming.