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Child Hunger

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
Level: Ages 2–8

This multimedia program supports families with children who are coping with uncertain or limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Resources include the the hour-long Growing Hope Against Hunger special, videos and games to support healthy eating on a budget. It is also available in Spanish.

The Lady in the Box, by Ann McGovern
Reading Level: Ages 4–8
A brother and sister help provide food to a homeless woman. As their mother notices missing pantry items, the family begins to understand the woman's story and decides to volunteer in a soup kitchen.

Tight Times, by Barbara Shook Hazen
Reading Level: Ages 4–8
Told from a young boy's view, a family struggles with tight times and a job loss when he finds a hungry kitten in a dumpster.

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen, by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
Reading Level: Ages 4–8
On his day off from school, a young boy visits his Uncle who works at a soup kitchen.

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