Kids Can Help Set the Table
One in five children lives in a food insecure family—almost 17 million kids. Anyone who is hungry suffers, but hungry children suffer more because their bodies are still growing. Hungry children tend to have trouble concentrating. They miss school more often, and they are sick more often. And kids who grow up hungry are more likely to have trouble with their health even when they become adults and have enough food.
Sixty percent of a group of teachers from a variety of schools reported that they see children coming to school hungry because they don’t have enough food at home. Many children get a good lunch through their schools. And some also get a good breakfast at school. Those meals help them concentrate in school, especially if they don’t have enough food at home for lunch or breakfast. But summer vacation and holidays mean hunger for many kids.
These are issues that children in your family, congregation, and community can understand. And they may well know hungry children at school or on the playground. You can help them get involved in helping other children through advocacy—even at a young age. Bread for the World has a new webpage (www.bread.org/kids) focused on helping children understand hunger and take action by writing letters to Congress and signing a petition to the president.
Below is one of the new resources designed to help children understand and advocate for people experiencing hunger.
FEATURED PHOTO: Elementary school children in southeast Washington, D.C., enjoy their lunch. Photo by Eugene Mebane, Jr.