Not having enough healthy food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and -mental- health, academic achievement, and ability to succeed in life. Research shows an association between food insecurity and delayed development; risk of chronic illnesses; and behavioral problems like hyperactivity, anxiety and aggression.
In Georgia, 28% of children, that’s 700,000 kids, do not know where their next meal will come from. One in four struggle to succeed in school due to challenges of poverty. More than one million children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch through their school, a crucial meal that disappears in the summer.
Action Ministries created a program to bridge the nutrition and education gap that children face when school is not in session. But this program cannot run without the help of volunteers.
And that’s where Action Ministries steps in with Smart Lunch, Smart Kid. Bethany Grimwood is the Hunger Relief Coordinator in Richmond and McDuffie counties.