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. (From www.feedingamerica.org)
How Hunger Impacts Children:
- Likely to be sick more often, to recover from illness more slowly, and to be hospitalized more frequently.
- More likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections, and fatigue.
- More susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences.
- Undernourished children under three years of age are less likely to learn as much, as fast or as well.
- Can impair a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
- Tend to have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems and tend to be more aggressive and anxious.
- More likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.
During the 2014 federal fiscal year, more than 21.5 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals daily through the National School Lunch Program.
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