Whether you realize it or not, millions of American children battle hunger every single day. In fact, 1 in 7 children dealt with food insecurity before the COVID-19 pandemic, and that number has only continued to increase over the past two years.
Children who don’t receive adequate daily nutrition deal with lasting physical and emotional impacts. For example, kids who go hungry are often at a higher risk for health conditions like anemia and asthma and may require hospitalization due to their declining health. These children are also more likely to struggle academically and emotionally, which can put them at a higher risk for homelessness and underemployment as they grow up. Because of that, they may require additional government assistance.
Even if you don’t have children of your own, the effects of child hunger can impact everyone around the world. Luckily, there are organizations you can support, which are designed to help battle this serious issue.
What Is The World Food Bank?
The World Food Bank is an organization disrupting worldwide poverty and hunger with a systemic approach. Their goal is simple: solve the hunger problem in the United States while strengthening agricultural value chains and reinvigorating the economy. It’s a system that can benefit everyone, including everyday American taxpayers who care about others but don’t have a lot of money to spare for charitable causes.
What Is The World Food Bank Doing To Battle Child Hunger?
The World Food Bank (WFB), in partnership with the team from Good Score™, has stepped in to help solve this problem through the joint development of Good Score bars. The World Food Bank uses a systematic approach to upcycle crops and grocery store produce, then adds fortification to create super-tasty energy and meal-replacement bars for kids that cost very little to produce.
These small, easy-to-produce snacks are fortified with 26 minerals and vitamins. They are also empowered with a mix of superfoods that taste great and fill the gap for kids that may not receive adequate nutrition throughout the day. Additionally, Good Score bars are certified NON-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher, Halal, and Vegan, which means any child can eat them regardless of their cultural dietary restrictions.
They are available at a fraction of the market price so that school districts can purchase high-value nourishment at a low cost, which means fewer taxpayer dollars are spent to feed hungry children. In addition, these bars don’t just benefit children and the schools — they also help local farmers make money by selling their crops. This adds revenue back into local communities, benefiting everyone (including you).
How Can Millenials and Gen Z Help?
As an individual, you may feel like there isn’t much you can do to help battle child hunger. However, you hold more power than you may realize.
Without even spending a single penny, you can:
- Use your voice to share the work of The World Food Bank and other organizations
- Exercise your voting power to make a difference in local, state, and federal governments so the people in office can help with these causes
- Shop local to negate some of the issues local farmers deal with in the supply chain
- Learn more about The World Food Bank and find ways to connect
Hunger is a serious issue, and no matter what you do for a living, you have the power to help. If we are all willing to stand together, we can make a difference.
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