Monday June 17, 2013, 3:22 am
According to the USDA, nearly 17 million children in the U.S. suffer from food insecurity - that's more than 1 in 5 kids in your community and across the country who may struggle to thrive and fall behind in school because they don't have enough to eat. But the need doesn't stop when the last school bell rings for the year.
When school's out, these kids go without the free and reduced-price meals they depend on during the school year - the only meal some kids can count on. For these kids, summer vacation means three months without stable, nutritious meals and that means they may not have the energy to do what kids should do over the summer - play with their friends, have fun and just... be kids.
Feeding America is working to fill the gap. We need your help.
Monday June 17, 2013, 12:16 pm
Signed!! This should be one of the biggest issues we fight. No child in this day and age should be hungry, ever!! Our government bailed out corporate banks/companies, why can't we "bail out" to feed the children?!!!
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:33 pm
My father use to worry so greatly about the children in our County going without food during the summer, holidays and days missed from school due to bad weather. He was the Superintendent of our schools and I can remember his really struggling over cancelling schools over the weather because he knew just how many children would go without food that day. So many people act as if we don't have a serious issue with this here in the US but it is a SERIOUS problem. Sometime a meal at school is the ONLY meal that these children get every day so this petition is very important. Signed and shared!!
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 4:14 pm
we did research in Sonoma County (Wine country!) California on who was hungry and why and found even though both parents worked full time and Papa often 2 full time jobs there was not enough money for food! (minimum wage and high housing costs) Can a community be called civilized if its children go humgey???
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 11:42 pm
Giving food and seeds and soil and plant lights and training to grow vegetables -- will allow people to grow some of their own food and save some of the seeds for next year.
Also, when people grow some of their own food -- most people have good self-esteem. Most people feel that by growing some of their own food -- that they did something meaningful.
Of course -- there are people who -- asking them to grow their own food-- would be to much to ask -- given their condition -- no problem.