Children facing hunger often grow up in a family where a parent or parents also face hunger. A family of four will go without twenty to thirty meals per month due to little or no funds. In order to provide enough to eat, over 75 percent of households buy the cheapest food available. This compounds the hunger problem. Eating the cheapest food creates a unhealthy cycle that is hard to break. Over Twenty percent of children in households at risk of hunger may be forced to rely exclusively on charitable organizations to make ends meet.
Most people realize that poverty and extreme hunger go hand in hand. The federal government has established a minimum level of income for a family of four to be able to afford the necessities of life. In 2018, that number is $25,100 in the 48 contiguous states.
While that number is low, a large number of American families fall below this line. With having to pay for shelter, power and transportation to work, there is not much left for food. Many children go to bed hungry.
There are programs to assist these families. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides families with money to purchase food. Women, infants and Children (WIC) is a program that benefits children under the age of five or women who are breastfeeding or pregnant.
There are some programs that help with feeding children through the school year. Free or reduced-cost lunches help while the child is in a classroom. But during the summer months only ten to fifteen percent of the children will have access to subsidized meals. The rest will either go hungry for that meal or rely on the generosity of donations.
Fundpey.com and Feed the Children has added a crowdfunding campaign to help these families recover from the debilitating cycle of hunger and poverty. Your donation will help to feed these children when a lot of other resources have fallen short of keeping food on their table.
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