Summer Hunger By: Jesslyn Harris, Brittany Shelton Hemphill, and Jessica Lace
Summer hunger • We chose to advocate “summer hunger”, because hunger is everywhere and our children deserve to not go hungry during the summer months.
Hunger and Early Childhood education • Hunger impairs children’s health • Sick more often • Recover slowly • Experience headaches and stomach aches • More likely to have colds and ear infections • Experience fatigue • Hunger impairs children’s ability to learn • Undernourished children cannot learn as much or as fast as others • Hunger impairs the child’s ability to concentrate • Are more likely to skip or drop out
Hunger and Early Childhood education Continued • Hunger can cause our children to have emotional and behavioral difficulties • Can cause behavior issues • Academic problems • Aggression • Anxious problems
Summer hunger in Arkansas • 18% of Arkansans live below the poverty line and can’t afford enough food to eat. • The number of children living in poverty in Arkansas is 173,939 • In the northeast region of Arkansas, 25% of the people in hungry households are under age 18. • Arkansas has the third highest incidence of hunger in the nation. • In 2009, the Summer Feeding Program in Arkansas fed 1,140,649 meals.
Why is summer hunger important? • 50.1 million Americans, including 17 million children, lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. • In 2009, 19.9 million children received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.2 million of these same income-eligible children participated in the Summer Food Service Program that same year.
Facts about summer hunger • 62% of teachers see students in their classrooms every year who do not receive the food they need at home. • 63% of teachers admit to buy classroom food with their own money. • 89% of teachers believe that hunger should be a national priority.
Factors that contribute to childhood summer hunger • Living in or below poverty • Homeless • Parent has drug/alcohol problem • Parent disabled or ill • Grandparents raising children • No Food Pantry in Area
Banning hunger for the summer, that’s our goal!Eating all day, peas, carrots, and rolls!No child will have to feel hunger in their tummyWe’ve got food all day, plus it’s really yummy!
Our idea: “Summer Hunger” program • Children 18 and under • Free transportation and food • Serving lunch • Ran by volunteers • Donations from local food stores • Community involvement: church, school, ect. • Sign-up sheets and information provided before hand to let parents and student feel comfortable.
Stories from the community • Elizabeth’s Story • “When I miss meal times I feel grumpy like the Grouch in the trash can on Sesame Street.” • Emily’s Story • “If there wasn’t a Kida Café in her neighborhood I would feel sad and hungry.” • Kaylee’s Story • “When I come to Kids Café, I can eat. At home there’s not much food---none.”
Letter to Mark Pryor • How to contact him • The Honorable Mark L. Pryor 255 Dirksen Senate Offices Building Washington DC 20510 • Our letter
Flyer • Our flyer
Get involved! • List of Resources/Other groups • Arkansas Department of Education • http://arkansased.org/ • Feeding Children Everywhere • Feeding Children Everywhere exists to empower and mobilize people from all walks of life to help meet one of our most basic needs: FOOD. Through passion, education, inspiration and a little hard work, together we can make a global difference. • http://www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/
Get Involved continued • United State Department of Agriculture • Educational Outreach • http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome • Feeding America • Backpack Program- The Backpack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available such as weekends or school vacations. • http://feedingamerica.org/our-network/network-programs/backpack-program.aspx • Food Research and Action Center • Summer Nutrition Program • http://frac.org/federal-foodnutrition-programs/summer-programs/ • Federal Education Budget Project • http://febp.newamerica.net/k12/AR/notes
Possible Issues: • Amount of children • Volunteers • Time • Money • Transportation • Community involvement
The Issue we addressed • How can we get the food to all of the students in need? • Summer programs are not reaching everybody • Not enough children are showing up because they can’t get there • Public Transportation cost money • Children can’t walk to the center • School bus would cost the school extra money • Parent can’t take children
resources • http://www.austinfoodbank.org/stories • http://www.aolnews.com/2010/06/16/record-number-of-us-kids-facing-summer-of-hunger • http://www.arhungeralliance.org/statistics.htm • http://www.strength.org/childhood_hunger/hunger_facts • http://www.strength.org/teachers • http://dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/snp/summerinform.aspx • http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer/about/faq.html • http://www.fns.usds.gov/cnd/grants.htm • http://www.summerfood.usda.gov • http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/07/13/97424/summer-meal-program-isnt-reaching.htm
Cont. • http://www.datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate/Rankings.aspx?state=AR&ind=256 • http://www.dhs.arkansas.gov/dccece/snp/PovertyRatesM.aspx • http://www.strength.org/press_release/20101001 • http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08/23/16-million-hungry -kids-1-new-idea-for-feeding-them/