For many children, hunger isn’t just an occasional missed meal; it is a way of life. Children who live with hunger develop physically and socially at a slower pace than their peers. Chronically hungry children experience higher levels of anxiety, hyperactivity, irritability and aggression. Chronic hunger results in students with lower attendance rates at school and lower academic performance. Even relatively short-term nutritional deficiencies can negatively impact a child’s health, causing cognitive and developmental damage that prevents them from performing at their full potential.
Barriers to accessing healthy foods on weekends are eliminated ensuring children chronically without food and deemed hungry, have access to food on a consistent basis.
Provision of healthy food at the early stages in child development is far less expensive than community health and educational resources required to solve ensuing problems that result in later life.
Access to healthy food on a regular basis have fewer health problems, are better able to fight off infection, and have a better chance of a healthy development both physically and emotionally.
Good nutrition habits at an early age are critical to preventing obesity and other detrimental health problems.