This post is from Aimee Lorenz, Marketing Coordinator at Feeding America.
Three years ago today, I became an Aunt for the first time. Being an Aunt to my nephew is an awesome thing. I get to give fun presents; I get to have Skype dates with him, even though he is much more interested in seeing my dog than me, and every time I see him I'm shocked by how much he's learned since last time.
But being an Aunt also makes the reality of child hunger in our country even more tangible. I can't imagine my nephew not having the nutrients he needs to grow and thrive in this world. But, unfortunately, 1 in 5 children may not know where their next meal is coming from. In fact, in the state of Illinois, over 684,000 children are food insecure*.
Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, food insecurity is particularly devastating to children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences. Several studies have demonstrated that food insecurity impacts cognitive development among young children and is linked to poorer school performance.*
So let's be the voice for the 1 in 5 children in our country who are struggling with hunger. By helping raise awareness of the issue, you are taking the first step in solving hunger. Pledge today and help us reach our goal of 10,000 pledges. Together we can be the voice. Together, we can solve hunger.
*Sources: Map the Meal Gap 2010, National Scientific Council on the Developing ChildChild Hunger