How We Help
We do not just talk about poverty and child hunger. We provide a solution-based program that addresses, responds to, and diminishes child weekend hunger within Brant County. While we recognize that we cannot eliminate poverty or hunger, we can ensure that any child sustaining entire weekends without food will be fed.
Food insecurity occurs in households that do not have reliable access to an adequate quantity of nutritious and affordable food. This stems from financial insecurity and can look like running out of food before obtaining money to buy more, missing meals, and going hungry. A recent survey estimates that 10% of households in Brant county experience food security to some degree.
We are seeing a shift from poverty elimination to a preventive methodology. We reduce barriers to accessing healthy food, which impacts immediate, short, and long-term developmental outcomes for children and youth. Provision of food is a key prevention strategy impacting physical health, mental health, and academic success, in order to break the cycle of poverty.
For many children, hunger is not just an occasional missed meal - it is a way of life. Children who live with chronic hunger develop physically and socially at a slower pace than their peers, experience higher levels of anxiety, hyperactivity, irritability, and aggression. Even relatively short nutritional deficiencies can negatively impact a child’s health.
When children receive the nourishment they need, a whole new world opens up. They are healthier, can concentrate better in class, have higher energy levels, improve test scores and attendance, and become more social.