Children who are hungry often have little choice regarding the situation surrounding them or little power to change it. Many live with caregivers who cannot afford to provide for their basic needs. In CAFB’s 21-county area, more than one in four children is food insecure, meaning they don't know how or if they will receive their next meal. Children who face hunger risk delayed cognitive development and health issues which can impact their school performance — both academically and behaviorally. Children who struggle in school often have trouble obtaining a good job or reaching their earning potential. Ending child hunger is a tangible goal, and one that CAFB is committed to meet.
How CAFB Supports Child Hunger Programs
CAFB serves children through its programs such as Kids Cafe, the Summer Food Service Program and the CHOICES Nutrition Education Program. Through its advocacy efforts, CAFB educates elected officials and the public about child hunger, and how to support federal and state programs addressing it.
Spotlight on Talking to Your Children About Hunger
For many children, it can be hard to imagine life without three square meals a day. But for one out of four children in the U.S., hunger is a reality they must face each and every day.
For parents who want to discuss poverty and hunger with their children, here are some resources to get started:
Sesame Street's Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget
The Lady in the Box, by Ann McGovern
Tight Times, by Barbara Shook Hazen
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen, by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan