For many children, their biggest concerns are finding their locker, doing well in class and making new friends. For 1 in 5 children however, their primary concern is where they will find their next meal. This is food insecurity.
Food insecurity means many different things. It means that you don't know whether there will be dinner on the table when you get home from school. It means that even if there is something on the table, it may not provide the vitamins and minerals that you need to thrive and learn at school. It means that you may not be able to have fresh fruit or vegetables, because you live in a neighborhood that doesn't have grocery stores and isn't close to a bus line.
-- Little Steps at SECOM Preschool student
having cantaloupe for the first time
There are plenty of opportunities to promote food security and help children access nutritious food this school year. Visit Access Of West Michigan @ http://accessofwestmichigan.org to find a key resource center and donate the last harvest from your summer garden. Sign up to help package sack suppers with Kid's Food Basket by visiting http://www.kidsfoodbasket.org. Encourage family and friends to participate in a poverty simulation and take what they've learned to advocate for children and families struggling with food insecurity.
By getting involved and helping food insecure families, you're not just helping today. You're building hope for tomorrow for nearly 50% of the children in Kent County, and they and their families can't thank you enough.
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