For many children, free or reduced-price meal programs at school are the only meals they'll have each day. Unfortunately, hunger doesn't take the weekend off.
Fresno County is considered the Appalachia of the West with 26% of the population living below poverty level (family of four with an annual income of less than $24,000). In some areas, over 92% of kids qualify for the free meal program through school.
Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child's development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications. Even short term episodes of hunger can cause lasting damage to child development, putting children at risk for range of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical problems.
Every week our objective is the same - provide food to hungry kids. When a child's belly is full of nutrition, an array of possibilities await. School administration has attributed better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, enriched health and increased attendance to Feed Our Future.
We are impacting children's lives by providing the necessity of weekend food.