Something that I feel is very important came to my attention. Hunger Hits Home. Many people have made it their mission to help feed children all over the world, which is awesome, but how often do you hear of people feeding the children we have here in our country? It is hard to take a look at your own country and realize, we too have hungry children right here at home.
Here are 5 facts about childhood hunger in the United States:
1. More than 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put
food on the table. That’s 1 out of 5 kids.
2. There were also over 16.4 million children in America living in poverty in 2010.
That’s almost 1 million more than in 2009.
3. 9.8 million kids get free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average
school day, more than ever before…but 10.5 million eligible kids go without.
4. Only 1 in 7 kids who get free and reduced-priced school lunches receive
5. Almost 45 million Americans used SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program, formerly food stamps) during 2011. Nearly 75 percent of these are in
families with children and more than a quarter are in households with seniors
or people with disabilities.
All 5 of these facts surprised me, but the one that really stuck out was #4. We’ve all seen children in the lunch lines at school who receive free or reduced-price meals. Have you ever stopped to think, that may be their ONLY meal that day? I’ve never realized until today, what do these children do in the summer? They go hungry. And no child should go hungry.
What can you do?
Sign the Petition to Support Hunger Hits Home
Check out the trailer for Hunger Hits Home on Food Network
Watch the documentary premiering April 14 at 8pm/7c on Food Network