Children receiving food at a mobile pantry.

CHILDHOOD HUNGER

It’s simple, when children grow up without the right amount and kinds of food, they struggle. As you will see, hunger during the early years can have a major impact on a child’s development, health and behavior.

DEVELOPMENT

Hunger has an impact both before and after a child is born:

  • Women who don’t have enough of the right kinds of food are more likely to experience both pregnancy and birth complications
  • Babies born to women struggling with hunger have lower birth weights
  • Children  in homes that face hunger have delayed development, poorer attachment, and learning difficulties in the first two years of life

HEALTH

Children growing up without enough food are more likely to:

  • Need a hospital
  • Suffer from long-lasting health problems
  • Have oral health problems
  • Have poorer overall physical quality of life

BEHAVIOR

The impact of hunger on a child’s behavior in school is frightening, take a look:

  • Higher rates of truancy and tardiness
  • Fighting
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Bullying