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Transcript of Child Hunger
in Northern Colorado
Hunger is an incredibly prevalent problem in the United States. Hunger affects children the most, and culminates itself in a schooling environment
Effects of Hunger
Hunger can cause a large number of problems for children.
Problems in development
(Both Physical and Mental)
Problems with learning
Cause distractions in school
There are a number of potential solutions to this problem,
I believe a collaboration of aid programs, government programs, preventative programs, as well as an increase of public support and awareness is the key to solving this problem.
Child hunger, particularly in schools in Northern Colorado, is an enormous problem and requires many different government programs, aid programs, and interventions in order to be solved.
Explanation of problem
Effects this problem can have
Where this problem is apparent
Statistics about the problem and proving that it is apparent
Explanation of Solution
List of Aid programs already in existence
Other helpful programs assisting child hunger
Problems with existing solutions that need to be addressed
A School Situation
Hungry children can be distracted in class, have difficulty learning and focusing, and cause difficulty in learning even for students who are not hungry. In addition to potentially not developing physically and mentally because of improper food consumption, children can suffer from not learning to their full potential.
In Northern Colorado
Problems with existing Aid Programs
Not enough funding
Lack of food in programs (ex food bank)
Lack of awareness towards programs
Hunger Aid Programs and Services
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Free and Reduced Lunch
Blessings in a Backpack
McKinny McBackpack Program
Food Bank Programs
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.4 percent of Weld County’s residents have been below the poverty line between 2008 and 2012.
The Weld Food Bank found that 1 in 4 children in Colorado are food-insecure, and 60 percent of children in Greeley were on the free and reduced lunch program, both as of 2012.
(Check Greeley Tribune for info)
Overall, hunger for children in schools in Northern Colorado is a large and pressing problem. It requires public awareness, funding, and a collaboration of aid programs in order to be effectively combated.
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Bogus, Shelley. Personal Interview. 25 February 2013.
Key Terms Defined
What you can do
Do research, become educated about this topic
Tell your friends and family
Volunteer and donate to foundations and programs dedicated to relieving hunger
Public awareness about this problem, as well as support and community dedication to solving this problem are a critical component in solving this problem
Collaboration of Aid Programs
With a collaboration of aid programs, and a combination of multiple foundations and services, this problem can be reduced
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Hawkins, Kristi. Personal Interview. 15 November 2013.
“Hunger 101” The Larimer County Food Bank. Larimer County Food Bank. n.d. Web. 10 April 2014.
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Works Cited Continued