Hunger Can Steal a Child's Future
Starvation affects more than children's immediate physical development - it impacts their future. Research has shown that hungry children develop behavioral problems and social disorders, particularly between the ages of 6 and 16. Yet it's during these critical years that children develop the bulk of their social skills, emotional maturity and fundamental education. However, while hungry children are being held to the same standard as those who benefit from regular meals, they're not given the nutrition they need meet these even basic expectations. Studies show that almost 20 percent of Washington children under the age of 18 live in poverty. (Food Research and Action Center). Instead of focusing on their schoolwork, they act out. Good grades and manners take a backseat to the fact that they don't where their next meal is coming from. And what many people perceive as behavioral problems may simply be lack of food. Recent studies also show that hungry children are: * More aggressive * Hyperactive * Less likely to get along with classmates * At greater risk of illnesses that require hospitalization They suffer from impaired cognitive functioning and diminished learning capacities, which means lower test scores and a limited chance of finishing their education much less going on to earn a degree. Skip lunch one day. The next day, skip lunch and dinner. Then imagine going without a decent meal at all, for several days. How well should you be expected to function? These are not bad children - they're hungry children in our own backyard. And we all have the power to feed them. Feed Washington is a true non-profit relief organization that's dedicated to feeding hungry children in Washington. No matter how large or small your contribution, you can help us end childhood hunger in our State and give hungry Washington children a chance at a real future.