Thoughts About Children

Feeding Hungry Children…

As a teacher of young children, I do find some of my students hungry…They have a hard time concentrating and have even shared they are hungry…

Many come to school each morning to be fed…They get their breakfast and lunch with us…

Our school is prepared to handle this challenge…We have a federal program called SNAP; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, in place providing the necessary funds that enable us to provide all our children a free breakfast; For those who qualify, a free lunch; And for those who may not qualify for free lunch, the necessary steps in place, that if for any child is without lunch money, our school will let it go for a while, reaching out to the home, and provide a mini meal; sandwich with milk…We never want our children hungry for any reason…

In addition, our school, has a “Backpack Food Program” filled with food items from donations, from a caring church in our community… Those children who are in such need, take home their backpacks weekly to share with their families…In addition to all this support, it is not unusual for me, as well as many other teachers to do our part with food drives for our children…I also provide a nutritional daily snack; in addition, keeping food items in our classroom …just in case

Food is essential for our children to be able to learn….No child can be motivated and eager when they are deprived of food…