Chances are anyone reading this blog is asking this question as opposed to, “Am I even going to have a lunch today?” Unfortunately, for about 48.8 million Americans, of which 13 million of them are school-aged children, this is the question that shadows them everyday. These are Food Insecure households as they are referred to nationally; lacking nutritious food on a regular basis. A staggering 25% of households with children residing near large cities are recognized as food insecure. These stats should be deemed unacceptable in a country as affluent as the United States. The government has a dozen or so programs designed to address this issue such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Women, Infants and Children), and Head Start. These are established and monitored by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) but these programs are not getting the job done and further they are currently being threatened with a $150 billion budget cut.
Just segment out the children for a moment for these children were born into their situations and most are too young to help themselves. These 13 million children are often heading to school on an empty stomach and expected to maintain attention and energy throughout their classes. How can they concentrate with the accompanying stomach ache, headache or even dizziness from hunger? How are they to possess the same energy in Physical Education class as those children who have enjoyed a balanced breakfast? Right out of the gate, these children are at a huge disadvantage as a result of no fault of their own. To further amplify the gravity of this crisis, of all the children who get free or subsidized lunches, only about 9 million of them receive a subsidized breakfast, leaving the remaining 4 million without any food since their previous day’s dinner. (Source: Food Research & Action Center: School Breakfast Scorecard).
Take this same population and bring them into the approximate 185 days of the year, largely summer, that they are not in school and statistics show that 6 out of 7 of these children do not get their well balanced lunch at all during these days. (Source: Food Research and Action Center: Hunger Doesn’t Take a Break). Nutritious food along with clean water have got to be a right for every human being and not a privilege. Americans have the ability to eliminate hunger just as successfully as we have ensured clean water.
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