Hunger in Our Community
Hunger in the United States
48 Million People
Hunger in Ohio
19% of Ohio Residents
Hunger in Lucas County
28% of Lucas County Residents
Childhood Hunger in the United States
13 Million Kids
Childhood Hunger in Ohio
Nearly 700,000 Kids
Childhood Hunger in Lucas County
1 in 4 Kids
Food insecurity is particularly devastating for children. Not having enough healthy food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. Research shows an association between food insecurity and delayed development in young children; risk of chronic illnesses like asthma and anemia; and behavioral problems like hyperactivity, anxiety and aggression in school-age children.
Ohio is among eight states whose rates remained significantly higher than the national average of 14.6 percent. In Ohio 21.9% of children under the age of 18 living in households that experienced limited or uncertain availability of safe, nutritious food at some point during the year. (Source: Feeding America). This means nearly 700,000 children are not getting the proper nutrition to thrive.
Here in Lucas County, a staggering number, as many as 38% of students qualify for free or reduced meals at school during the academic school year. For example, at Toledo Public schools (TPS) over 80% of the students qualify while at Washington Local Schools, nearly 60% qualify.
Similarly, right next door in Wood County 31% of the school age children qualify for free or reduced meals. In fact, one of our partner sites has over 90% of the children who qualify.
As you can see, childhood hunger knows no geographic barriers. The position that we hold at Connecting Kids to Meals is critical because for many kids, they would go hungry without our help.
No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.Visit Share Our Strength
Feeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.Visit Feeding America
Food Research & Action Center
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States.Visit FRAC
“We come four days a week…. [and] meet at 9 o’clock each morning so they don’t get used to sleeping in during the summer. We focus on reading, math, [and other] activities. We hire youth to serve as our group’s eight counselors [and] have an average of 15 to 30 kids every day at the camp. We go the movies and the library once a week. It’s good for the kids, having both lunch and a snack. The parents like that we bring the kids every day.”
– Natalyn, Deliverance House of God
5 Key Websites of Interest
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): https://www.usda.gov/topics/food-and-nutrition
- Ohio Department of Education (ODE): http://education.ohio.gov/
- No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength: https://www.nokidhungry.org/
- Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/
- Food Research Action Center: http://frac.org/