In our current economy, more and more children are going hungry. Additionally, the issue is becoming so widespread that the U.S. government has coined the phrase “food insecure.” This term refers to people in situations where they regularly and frequently do not know where their next meal is coming from. A new report from the Center for American Progress: Hunger in America, was published on October 5, 2011. This report found dramatic issues related to “food insecure” children:
“Children from food insecure households are more likely than their food secure peers to experience higher rates of various forms of educational problems.They are at least 50 percent more likely to miss days of school (1.6 times), nearly twice as likely to be suspended (1.95 times), and almost 50 percent more likely to have to repeat a grade (1.44 times). These and related adverse outcomes are linked to an increased likelihood of school failure, including dropping out of school. These outcomes lead to a greater likelihood of limited employability, lessened workforce productivity, poorer judgment and job performance, and $260,000 lower lifetime earnings. Therefore since food insecurity impedes learning and school performance and ultimately lowers productivity and earning potential, hunger exacts a significant monetary cost.”
A highlight video from Sesame Street’s newest primetime special, Growing Hope Against Hunger. This one-hour special, made possible by the generous support of Walmart, raises awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in the United States. Featuring Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley, and the Sesame Street Muppets.