We believe hunger is a by-product, and has many root causes to why people are not afforded consistent food stuffs. We will give opportunity and hope to those at-risk youth through soft skill development, skill set training in the hospitality and technology industry, mentor-ship, and a way to create their own path built upon confidence and knowledge.
Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important in establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity.
Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. Nearly 17 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.
The problem of child hunger is not simply a moral issue. Scientific evidence suggests that food insecure children are less likely to become productive citizens. Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger can pose serious threats to children’s health, growth, and development.
Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, particularly for low-income children. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of child hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
Some Quick Stats
- Kentucky ranks 4th highest in the nation for poverty.
- Kentucky ranks 17th in household food insecurity with a rate of 17.2%.*
- Kentucky ranks 28th in child food insecurity with a rate of 22.4%.*
- In Indiana, the 14.4% food insecurity rate is estimated to be 950,720 Hoosiers at risk of hunger.
- In Indiana, Child food insecurity numbers are estimated at 301,990, or 19.1%.
- In Indiana, County averages range from 12.6% in Hamilton County to several counties at or above 20%, with many counties nearing a quarter of children in the county being food insecure, including Fayette, Switzerland, Sullivan, and Wayne Counties at over 23%.
What is the definition of food insecurity?
The lack of access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.