Going to school is the norm for over 13 million kids in this country. In coastal South Carolina, one in five children lives in a food insecure home, which means they lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active life. Being hungry affects a child’s ability to learn. Food can even be characterized as a basic school supply, similar to textbooks and pencils. Children who go to school hungry often suffer an inability to concentrate and are more likely to fall behind academically. In addition, children who are food insecure are more likely to miss school because of illness, to suffer from depression and anxiety, and are more susceptible to behavioral problems. This vicious cycle often continues beyond graduation because food insecure children are more likely to drop out of school, which leads to lower paying jobs and a greater likelihood of being food insecure adults.
The Lowcountry Food Bank's Kids Café, Summer Meals, BackPack Buddies and School Pantry programs help fight childhood hunger. The children of our community are the future; every effort must be made to ensure it is bright. Please consider being a part of creating a bright future for children in our community.