Hunger Threatens Most Low-Income Families

2017-09-27

The hunger crisis in America continues, according to a report from the No Kid Hungry campaign of Share Our Strength. The study surveyed families, teachers and kids themselves about the challenges they experience when it comes to having sufficient food to eat. Nearly two-thirds of low-income parents assert that a single, unplanned expense, such as a $1,000 medical bill or car repair, would hinder their ability to put food on the family table.

Additionally, the report notes, roughly 62% of low-income parents specifically cite a worry about food for their children running out before they have the funds to buy more. This anxiety extends to the whole family—55% of kids know about their parents’ worries about food and 42% feel sadness about not having enough to eat.

No Kid Hungry has launched a website, www.hungerinourschools.org, to present these sobering statistics in an interactive, visual way that will promote action. The organization pinpoints school meal programs as the solution to this crisis. "We know that [they] work[s],” said Share Our Strength CEO Billy Shore in a press release. “We've seen the data, and—more importantly—we've seen the smiles on kids' faces."

Need more research data to back up your plans to expand school breakfast, convert to CEP, etc.? No Kid Hungry also released three micro-reports, Hunger 2017: Families on the Brink; Hunger: The Hidden Burden on Teens in the U.S.; and Teachers: Hungry Kids Can’t Learn, all of which can be found on the organization’s website. These reports detail findings from the specific groups surveys: parents, teens and teachers.

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