Green Wave Gazette
Childhood hunger in AmericaFriday, June 01, 2012 By Brittney Minchello
Childhood hunger is a growing problem in the United States. Many children go to bed at night hungry, do not know where their next meal is coming from, and for some of those children the only meals they have are during school hours. More than 16 million children are at risk for childhood hunger, which is more than one in five. Nearly 16 million American children live in poverty; almost 19 million receive benefits from food stamps. Over 20 million get a free or reduced- price lunch during an average school day, while only 10.5 million get a free or reduced - price breakfast, and six out of seven children who qualify for a free or reduced- price school lunch do not have access to summer meals. Share Our Strength is a national non- profit organization that is committed to ending childhood hunger, their first priority is to make sure every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. Their movement No Kid Hungry is a national movement that was started 25 years ago and has been confronting hunger problems head-on since then. Share Our Strength also works to help feed hungry kids through fundraising events such as Taste of the Nation, Great American Bake Sales, and Dine Out. Additionally, a portion of funds raised through Taste of the Nation events support communities in Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, and Ethiopia. No Kid Hungry believes America can end childhood hunger by 2015. So far, over 150,000 people have taken the pledge to end it. To get involved you can also take the pledge, give a donation, or just spread the word. Remember the hungry children of America need all the help they can get.