The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that nearly 16 million children in America face hunger - that's one in every five! As a part of ongoing efforts to raise national awareness about childhood hunger and encourage the public to support their local food bank, Feeding America and the Ad Council have launched a new campaign this month.
September is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unites to urge individuals to take action in their communities. It is an opportunity to create a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our mission to help end hunger in America.
The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center is part of the network and invites you to take action and make a difference. The Food Center is an official Partner Distribution Organization with the Connecticut Food Bank (CFB), and we receive a product allocation based on poverty levels as determined by the census. Through CFB , we are also a member of Feeding America which allows the purchase of approximately $7 worth of food for every $1.
Good nutrition is important in establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation when children live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.