Childhood hunger and food insecurity is a huge problem throughout the country—and in Montana. Food insecurity is the lack of access, either periodic or continuous, to enough food for all members of a household and the limited availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Children who experience food insecurity or hunger are more likely to have impaired cognitive development, lower math and reading scores, and higher rates of absenteeism from school. These things can have long-term ramifications on a child’s life, affecting their health and success even as adults. In Montana, 18.56% of children live in food insecure households, which means 18.56% of Montana’s kids are starting out life without all the things they need to help them grow and succeed.
That’s more than 1 out of every 6 kids in Montana
In some parts of Montana, it's more than 1 in 4
(To see an interactive version of this map and to learn more about food insecurity in Montana click here: http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2016/child/montana)
Chances are, either you or someone you know has struggled with food insecurity or hunger.
This is why Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock are working together on the Fight Childhood Hunger initiative. They want to ensure that no child in Montana has to go to bed hungry or wonder where their next meal is coming from.
So what can you do?
- Youth Fight Childhood Hunger - Young people are uniquely situated to help their peers and those in their community who are struggling with hunger. Here are some ways to help:
- Get involved with No Kid Hungry Montana
- Donate food or funds to your local food bank. You can also check out the Montana Food Bank Network
- Raise awareness in your community
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