No Kid Hungry surveyed teachers and principals and found that three quarters of educators see students who regularly come to school hungry. These educators described hungry students suffering from a host of problems: poor academic performance, inability to concentrate, lack of motivation, tiredness, behavioral problems and feeling sick.
The impact of childhood hunger extends beyond the health and development of the individual child to affect the economy, the healthcare system and educational outcomes. Childhood hunger costs our nation billions each year in lost worker productivity, rising costs to address poor education outcomes and physical and mental healthcare costs. These three issues –economy, education and healthcare– are among the top priority issues that Americans want government to address according to a Gallup Poll of Americans.
Our Hunger in Our Schools Report, Impact of Hunger and No Kid Hungry Starts with Breakfast resources can help you learn how ending childhood hunger can improve education and health outcomes, and ensure that your students come to school ready to learn.
The We Are Teachers Portal offers additional resources that will give educators the tools they need to fight hunger in their schools and communities.