Reading, Writing and Hungry

Nov 19, 2008

Rising food and energy costs are making food insecurity an increasingly alarming issue for everyone, especially children. Children who go hungry in kindergarten lag behind their peers in reading and math by the third grade. Hungry children suffer from hyperactivity, absenteeism, and generally do worse both socially and academically in school. Early childhood health experts from the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program and the Food Research and Action Center find, in a report for PAES, that food insecurity among young children carries significant economic costs for individuals and families, and therefore economic problems for society as a whole.
 
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