As I spend time in the community advocating for the silent children who have hunger pains in their bellies, I wondered this morning if we need to see the difference between a middle class suburban child who gets home from school and says, “I am hungry” vs a child who goes home to a fridge and empty food shelves and can’t even say, ” I am hunger” because no in is there to even listen.
For the 300 classrooms that are part of our weekly program half of those children can have hunger event each week. Lets stop more of these events in 2020 .
Psychologists prove that chronic lack of daily food causes mental breakdowns. Hopeless, angry, mind swirling in lack of this and lack of that.
In the I AM HUNGER home, the child looks to find anything to eat. As they learn to hoard foods, they might have snagged a granola bar from a teacher and saved it to alleviate empty stomach grumbling in empty hunger event.
Homework time in middle class suburbia vs I am hunger home is a real different event too. ” Mom, I want some Doritos and a horizon milk box and my favorite fruit snacks. ” That snack could cost $3.00.