How healthy, productive, and attentive would you be if you were hungry in the morning? Imagine how that affects a young child. How can we expect that child to learn if they're hungry when they come to school at the start of each week? If they have not eaten all weekend they are not ready to take on the challenges of math, science and reading. In fact, hunger has a negative affect on their growth and development and their general health in addition to their ability to concentrate effectively.
Child nutrition is a critical problem in the United States, and most schools participate in a federal program that provides free or reduced meals to qualifying children every day. That is, every school day. For many qualifying children, the free or reduced breakfasts and lunches they receive in this program are the only meals they will eat that day. As alarming as that is, what's worse is that those same children often go without any food at all on the weekends.
As disturbing as the thought of hungry children can be, what is most disturbing is that these are children in our own small towns and cities. These children are right here in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
Get involved! We need your donations to solve this problem. Whether it's giving your time, money, food, or all of the above, your help is critical. Let's plant the seeds of knowledge in our young people--let's make sure they have the nutrition they need to learn!
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