Hunger is Hurting Our Children
When Lisa started her first day at Macy's Elementary School, she skipped all the way to her classroom. She was finally big enough to go to school. She'd watched her older brother succeed and soar in school and in sports. "You're going to be a good student just like your brother, aren't you? I can just tell." said her teacher. That was Lisa's plan.
But then life dealt her some tough blows. Her parents were laid off and couldn't find work. The family had to move to a part of town that scared Lisa. Her parents were taking any low paying job they could get and were hardly at home anymore. It was all dreadful and frightening, but the worst part was being hungry.
17 Million Families in America don't know where their next meal is coming from. It's an awful statistic. But what is truly tragic is how living without good, healthy food ravages and undermines struggling children.
The research is clear: The body will do whatever it takes to stay alive. If it doesn't get the nutrients it needs, it takes it from the body: Calcium from bones. Protein from muscles - even vital organs.
As horrible as that sounds, living it is far worse.
Remember the last time you came down with the flu?
· That sinking feeling when your energy just disappeared.
· Your mind was fuzzy; you just couldn't think clearly.
· You felt angry and defensive.
· You barely had energy to move.
· Food wasn't appealing and you could hardly sleep at night.
· All you wanted to do was to go home and be alone.
Add to this, an aching emptiness in your stomach and you have a glimpse of what it's like to be a child living with hunger.
"I cry because I'm hungry," Lisa, 6th grader, Philadelphia, PA
Children living with hunger experience daily failures in the classroom and in sports. They can't concentrate so they get bad grades. They get angry easily so they have trouble making friends and they have problems with authority. They get sick frequently with flus and colds that last for weeks. They're depressed, unmotivated and feel hopeless. They believe they are and will always be losers.
YOU Can Help These Children Begin to Live Happy, Successful Lives! Donate to Nourish America and Spread the word.
Nourish America goes beyond just feeding America's hungry children. As the 1st hunger charity in America that provides ONLY healthy foods and vitamins, we empower children with foods and vitamins packed with nutrition. Once their bodies have the essential nutrients they need, in short time, they move from starving and failing à living and thriving.
"My daughter was always getting colds and flus that would end up in the emergency room. The whole winter she has not been sick." Keona Ward-Taylor
"My children express themselves more. They are less stressed. They are kinder to me than before…" Erma Robertson, Riverside, CA
"Before Nourish America, I never got an 'A'. Now I get all 'A's' and I'm going to be a doctor!" Michelle, 6th grader living in a public housing project in Washington, D.C.
With hunger rising in America at an alarming rate and funding for service programs decreasing, 2013 continues to be a tough year. However, for some, it will go on record as a year of hope. Hundreds of parents and teachers shared the extraordinary improvements they saw in their children and experienced in their lives.
"My child is smiling again! Thank you, Nourish America!!" Daphne Johnson, Queens, NY
You can help stop hunger from ravaging girls like Lisa and help them make their own dreams come true. Can we count on your support? $1 Nourishes TEN.