Currently, about 13 million children within the nation are either experiencing hunger currently or are at risk for experiencing hunger soon. Even more upsetting is that a portion of those children are right within the state of Maryland. While some may think that hunger is only when your stomach is growling or you begin to crave a specific food item, they fail to realize what a serious problem hunger can be, especially in children.
Hunger is known to cause serious problems for children when it comes to learning. The three main problem areas are:
Children who are dealing with serious hunger tend to shy away from social situations. Because they feel embarrassed and lack self-worth, they become easy targets for bullying within the classroom. They are also less likely to make new friends because they don’t wish to interact with their peers. These social problems can cause more serious issues as they grow older.
Learning disabilities that can affect cognitive learning are more likely to be found in children who suffer from hunger. Because these children lack proper nutrition for daily energy, their ability to focus is stunted.
Children who suffer from hunger do not develop and grow as they should. These children are normally under the average weight and height of children their own age. This lack of nutrition also tends to harm their immune system, causing them to stay home more often from school because of illness, which can then cause them to fall behind in learning.
Fighting Hunger with My Brother’s Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our meal programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including our meal programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.