HUNGER & NUTRITION

What Is Hunger?

The definition of hunger is:

  • A craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient.
  • An uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food
  • A weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food

When you are hungry and there is no food available, your body starts to feed on itself. It feeds on your own fat and body tissues. If you don’t eat for long period of time, you will eventually lose about 50 percent of your body weight and your skin becomes thin, stiff and pale. You are always cold and your hair becomes dry and sparse and eventually falls out. After about eight to 12 weeks without food, you starve to death.

This an extreme version of hunger and most people in our country will never experience this, but people who are chronically hungry do experience undernourishment. The human effects are a lack of energy and the inability to think clearly. Children who are undernourished have a hard time studying and learning. They also may develop more slowly than other children. Unfortunately, this also leads to weakened immune systems and chronic illness.

For more information about hunger and homelessness, please visit: Nevada Department of Education

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The first day of Summer, the third week of our free summer lunch program and a very special event today for the kids. In addition to the Brewery Arts Center offering Art in the Park to the kids each Monday,Wednesday and Friday today we enjoyed learning about beautiful miniature ponies, a baby goat and some crazy hair chicks. Zoe Cockerill, Director of The Littlest Things brought out her animals for the kids to enjoy. There were lots of wide eyes and questions as the kids learned about the animals. They enjoyed brushing and petting them and exchanged lots of hugs. We were informed of experiences with cartoon ponies and toy ponies, but never real life ponies. This was a great learning experience and for most their first interaction with these types of animals. I am so happy we were able to provide the kids with this experience. Thank you Zoe, Pepper and Dominic for a great time today, we appreciate your kindness. ...

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