Over 305,000 hungry kids … Virginia can do better!

Like most of you, I start my day with breakfast – my mom always told me it was the most important meal of the day. But for about 305,000 children in Virginia, this isn’t a possibility. These kids start their days off hungry.


Can you imagine trying to learn in school with a growling stomach? It’s no surprise that studies show kids who struggle with food access struggle to learn which impacts their whole life. Every kid should get a strong start, and there are proven programs to address this problem. Free or reduced school breakfast programs are an effective way to help hungry kids to feel better and learn more in school.


We should invest in our future by prioritizing such programs which fight childhood hunger. Let’s give children a fair shot at life – not just because it is a smart investment but also because it is the right thing to do.

At_USA May 20, 2014 at 08:00 PM
I'm confused - Where do you get the 305,000 number? I volunteer at the area food donation centers and soup kitchen. We give away free food. I have friends and neighbors that donate food all the time. We have food stamps available from our local government. A box of cheerios is around $2.50 ($1.88 on Sale). Milk $3.50. Banana ($1.20 for five). Add them all up and that’s around $1.30 per breakfast. Again, please post the stats on 305,000 children going hungry in Virginia. One more thing to ponder….. In the 80’s we were told that our kids are anorexic, now they are telling us that the kids are obese.
Nick Arent May 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM
You are very right! There are many programs which are effective in reducing childhood hunger but unfortunately the issue still persists. Some people, especially children, are unaware of these resources or how to utilize them which is why we need to think about other ways to get the word out and make sure children are getting feed. Our number is a conservative estimate based on a combination of data from the Food Research and Action Center, (http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/va.pdf) and Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry (https://www.nokidhungry.org/problem/hunger-facts). New data has just been released though and Share Our Strength currently estimates the number of children who face hunger in Virginia is as high as 321,000, (http://va.nokidhungry.org/hunger-virginia). Ultimately though, if even one kid is going hungry, there's still work to do because kids deserve a fair shot in life. I would recommend taking a look at Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap", (http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx) for more information about the issue.


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