Throughout communities across the United States there are children who eat at least one meal on school days at their school. According to the USDA over 16 million children lived in "food insecure" households in 2010. During this same time, 20.6 million low-income children received free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program. Unfortunately, just 2.3 million of these children participated in the Summer Food Service program the same year. (Feeding America)
Feeding America says, "The problem of childhood hunger is not simple a moral issue. Child hunger hampers a young person's ability to learn and becomes more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult. Scientific evidence suggests hungry children are less likely to become productive citizens."
Chances are there are children in your community . . . possibly even in your church, who are hungry. Children who count on being able to eat once each day when they go to school, but who may go to bed hungry and who may be hungry on the weekends and during the summer. Consider getting involved, and involving the children and families in your church this summer to help provide meals for the children and families in need in your church and community. Contact Feeding America and see if they have a program in your area which provides food for evenings, weekends and summer or contact your school to see if there is a program you could get involved with - or begin - which does these things. All this month I'll be sharing information, ideas and resources to help you Put Feet to their Faith and help the children and families in your church serve the hungry children and families in your church and community.