Hunger In Our Schools
Many parents of school-age children have reason to be concerned about the quality and health of the food in schools. Lots of green living advocates suggest packing your child’s lunch every day (waste-free of course) to make sure children get the proper nutrients throughout the week without all the unnecessary additives in school lunches: sodium, preservatives, artificial colors, and the countless nearly unpronounceable ingredients that serve no nutritional purpose. We know that balanced meals and healthy snacks are what give our kids the energy to learn and grow.
What about the nearly 1 in 5 U.S. kids who face the threat of hunger this year?
I worked in a first grade classroom in Oakland, California for one school year. Many of these children came to school hungry and many only ate what the school was able to provide for them. Think about that when it came to standardized test time. Teachers bought food out of their own pockets so these children could begin the test with at least some food in their bellies. Not all children are so lucky.
Infographic courtesy of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Join the No Kid Hungry campaign in standing up for kids in need by:
- Learn the facts about childhood hunger.
- Tell Congress to protect funding for federal nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Advocate for healthy school breakfasts to be available to children in need.
- Learn what is needed in your own community and get involved: local food banks, school garden programs, summer lunch programs, and community fundraising and awareness events.
- Share what you’ve learned with others.