With the national recession hitting northern Nevada particularly hard, more and more families are falling below the poverty line. Families-in-need often have to make hard choices such as deciding to skip meals in order to pay a power bill.
In 2010 we saw a huge increase in the number of people who are hungry. In 2009, 124,000 people needed emergency food assistance. In 2010, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada helped more than 153,000 people. This number has increased by 60,000 from four years ago.
A study conducted by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada shows that in 2010, 49,665 children needed emergency food assistance.
Hunger has become a pressing fact of life for so many people that Sesame Street is introducing a new muppet, named Lily, whose family often struggles to put food on the table.
A recently published study: Hunger in America (October 5, 2011) found the following:
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 other 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.
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