“she would eat paint chips off her wall as a child “

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Jeffco Eats along with many other amazing organizations believes in helping the whole child and that includes leadership in community conversations and training around TRAUMA AND FOOD DEPRIVATION. 

Teachers and Social Workers report to us the manifestation of severe hunger by seeing hoarding, deep sorrow, silence and not asking for help, asking for food randomly in the middle of  classroom time.

Teachers in most schools have a handful of teachers who buy snacks for the children with their own money. Students who are hungry know who these teachers are. 

My friend grew up in an affluent neighborhood and had a mentally challenged Mom and they would have milk and no cereal or cereal and no milk.  They would go ask the neighbors for a cup of milk .  In some neighborhoods in Jefferson County there is milk maybe down the street at someones house you do not know. Maybe you live in a home with two other families to survive.  Point being we must take action to stop the shattering of children’s souls from having lunch and breakfast for 39 weeks and then for 11 weeks in the summer they lose 42% of their meals and who knows and who cares ?

We believe through collaboration and partnering we can reduce greatly childhood hunger and that is the reason for this blog post. 

Childhood trauma leads to food deprivation later in life- the triangle

Jocelyn described instances of having little to no food availability as a child. “We barely had food. I don’t even know if food stamps existed,” Jocelyn said. She also described in the interview being so hungry as a child that she would eat the paint chips off her wall, which eventually gave her lead poisoning. After being fired from the only job she ever had, Jocelyn was forced to move back into her neglectful mother’s house where her younger siblings still lived. Now, Jocelyn struggles to feed her own child, in addition to her siblings, and admits to skipping meals or stretching budgets to ensure her family has enough to eat.

The research brief defined household food insecurity as a “lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy life due to economic hardship.” There are two types of food insecurity: ;ow food security, which indicates issues with access to food and poor diets in households; and very low food security, which shows that at least one household member has reduced their food intake, and that eating patterns within the household have been disrupted due to inadequate food or money resources. Using the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module, the researchers were able to identify caregivers of children younger than the age of 4 who could be classified as being either household or child low or very low food secure.


TIME MAGAZINE has well worth reading article on how hunger over time will actually change your personality.  We need to take action in our towns and cities. Small empty plate with fork

How Childhood Hunger Can Change Adult Personality


No KID HUNGRY is a great resource site for learning more about psychological and emotional long term effects of hunger.  Here is quote from article talking about how much it costs us in USA for destroying their souls.

Child Hunger is a Workforce
and Job Readiness Problem
• Workers who experienced hunger
as children are not as well prepared
physically, mentally, emotionally or socially
to perform effectively in the contemporary
• Workers who experienced hunger as
children create a workforce pool that
is less competitive, with lower levels
of educational and technical skills, and
seriously constrained human capital.


Child Food Insecurity:
The Economic Impact on our Nation
A report on research on the impact of food insecurity and hunger on
child health, growth and development commissioned by Feeding America
and The ConAgra Foods Foundation
John Cook, PhD, Project Director
Karen Jeng, AB, Research and Policy Fellow



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