Child Food Insecurity

What is Food Insecurity?

  • Food insecurity is the condition of not having regular access to enough nutritious food for a healthy life.

Food Insecurity in Children*:

  • Hungry children are sick more often, more likely to suffer growth impairment and incur developmental impairments that limit their physical, intellectual and emotional development.
  • Hungry children perform more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement.
  • Hungry children have more social and behavioral problems, as well as less energy for complex social interactions and cannot adapt to stresses as easily.

Studies Show*:

  • One third of students have shown better grades as a results of backpack programs.
  • About two thirds of participating students appear less worried about food and healthier.
  • Over 50% of students demonstrate high self-esteem after receiving food from a back pack program.
  • About 50% of students experience a more trusting relationship with school personnel.
  • Back pack programs serve all the students in the classroom, not just the students receiving food assistance by decreasing behavior problems and improving the classroom environment.

The Sheridan Story Surveys Show:

  • 94% of families responding indicate their child is more prepared for school as a result of The Sheridan Story’s weekend food program.
  • 99% of families responding indicate their family is better supported by the as a result of our program.
  • Over 90% of school staff responding indicate our weekend food program has a positive impact on the children receiving the food in the following areas: Attendance (91%), Behavior (91%), (Self Esteem (95%), Attentiveness (94%), Academics (93%), and relationship with school staff (93%).
  • Over 90% of school staff responding indicate our weekend food program has a positive impact on the school in the following areas: Connection with Families (99%), Retention of Students (92%), and More supported by the Community (99%).

*Information provided by:
Yana V. Rodgers & Marika Milewska (2007) FOOD ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, Journal of Children and Poverty, 13:1, 75-95
Cook, John & Jeng, Karen. (2009) Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on our Nation. Feeding America.