Child Hunger Facts

One in five children do not know where they will get their next meal.

According to Feeding America, one in five children are food insecure, meaning they do not know where they will get their next meal. Though many food insecure children can rely on free school lunches, it is often the only meal they will eat that day. Often, they will go hungry during evenings, weekends, and school breaks if they do not have other resources.

Hunger is devastating among developing children.

  • Food insecurity during pregnancy increases the likelihood of birthing complications and low birth weight in babies;
  • Food insecurity in children has been linked to delayed development, poorer attachment, learning difficulties, truancy and tardiness, behavior problems, and chronic health problems, such as anemia and asthma.

Community Harvest Food Bank has developed programs that help these children obtain the nutritious foods they need to grow strong and healthy. Kids Cafe® provides prepared meals to children during both the school year and summer at several feeding sites, Monday through Friday.

In addition, Kids BackPack is available and provides weekend food to children who would otherwise go hungry. Teachers and guidance staff refer children in desperate need of weekend meals to the food bank. Once on Kids BackPack, a ten-pound bag is distributed discreetly to each child for the weekend and contains nutritious, kid-friendly foods. Not only is there enough food to feed the referred student, there is enough to feed a hungry sibling as well.

Feed Hungry Children

Kids BackPack

The Kids BackPack program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available.
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