Children are part of a growing statistic Feeding America describes as food insecure—one in five simply don’t  know where their next meal will come from. Parents everywhere are struggling to feed their families and in many local communities, the situation is even worse. In Granite City alone every child enrolled in its seven elementary schools relies on meals they receive at school.

Hungry children are often desperate, agitated and angry. They are more likely to get into trouble and their inability to learn is well documented. They grow up believing no one cares and their self-esteem suffers. They are often sick and when they do eat, they tend to consume food high in calories, and low in nutritional value.

The consequences of hunger can last a lifetime.