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According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, 1 in 5 children in Wisconsin struggle with hunger. The impact hunger has on a child can be devastating:
- Poor health
- Social and behavioral problems
- Poor development
- Impaired mental and physical functioning
- Chronic illness
Unfortunately when a health care professional sees some of these symptoms it’s unlikely that they will look to hunger and poor nutrition as either a cause or even a factor of the symptom.
What if instead of reaching for a prescription pad to cure a symptom, the healthcare professional can recognize that it may be caused by the poor nutrition that happens when there's a lack of adequate food resources? The cure could be as simple as making the family aware of emergency food assistance and programs that may be available to them.
The mission of the HungerCare Coalition is to educate healthcare professionals on the signs of hunger and give them the tools necessary to empower parents and children to make nutritious food choices that lead to better long-term health.