When a child does not have access to regular meals and is uncertain of when they may eat again, they are experiencing the epidemic known as “chronic childhood hunger.” Families that cannot afford food or do not have regular access to food are considered “food insecure.”
Kids experiencing chronic hunger may not only suffer from poor health, they can also be denied the opportunity to reach their academic, athletic and social potential. Chronically hungry students may have the following issues in the classroom:
- Lack of concentration
- Lethargy or general fatigue
- Irritability or mood swings
- Disciplinary problems
- Increased aggression
Studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics have shown that the effects of chronic childhood hunger can last a lifetime.
The Golden Backpack Program operates three programs aimed at ending childhood hunger in Golden, Colorado.