Hunger hurts everyone, but it is especially devastating in childhood because hunger deprives kids of more than just food.
On empty stomachs, kids don’t have the energy to focus, engage, learn and grow. Yet, this is the reality for 1 in 6 children in the U.S. who worry about when they’ll have their next meal.
A food-insecure family of four is estimated to need the equivalent of 34 additional meals a month because they lack enough money to buy food.
84% of households with at least one child served by the Feeding America network report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if it wasn’t the healthiest option to provide enough food for the household.
20% of food-insecure children live in households that earn too much to qualify for most federal nutrition assistance—these families rely on charitable organizations like Feeding America to make ends meet.
Studies show that proper nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is critical to a child’s physical and emotional development. Unfortunately food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation.Learn more about effects of hunger on childhood development ›
The Feeding America network is serving more than 12 million children across the nation. While most children receive food through traditional food pantries, the Feeding America network has a number of programs to help kids get food in other ways.
A child’s chance at a bright tomorrow starts with having enough good, healthy food today. With your support, the Feeding America network can help so many kids access the nutritious food they need to be healthy and grow strong.