The Children’s Lunchbox is a program within Bean’s Café that helps to feed children in the Anchorage school district and after school programs in our community. The programs goal is to provide fresh, healthy meals to kids throughout the school year through in school lunch programs and after school programs. They also sponsor a program to provide “just a little extra” a weekend food program that is currently offered at 5 Anchorage elementary schools. Children in poverty often receive their main meals at school; this program aims to send food home on Friday with children to help them get through the weekend.
In the U.S. one in five children does not have enough food to eat, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We have the resources and the program to end childhood hunger, what we lack is an awareness of who is affected and how it impacts the development of kids.
New strategies are being implemented to provide healthier food in schools which include school gardens, farm to school programs, scratch cooking, and nutrition education.
When children are hungry at school they have trouble focusing and can exhibit behavioral problems. Hunger can affect long-term health, academic achievement, and economic prosperity. These factors can lead to a less competitive American workforce and higher healthcare costs.
Everyone has a stake in the success of future generation and no child should suffer the stress of being hungry.