Understanding Weekend Hunger
Perspectives on Weekend hunger
Understanding weekend hunger is the first step to solving it. Join us for this video series to get a 360-degree view of the current state of hunger in our area and what we and others are doing to combat it. Thank you for caring.
What is weekend hunger?
40,000 kids need daily lunch help
Washington State is made up of about 300 school districts with an enrollment of 1+ million students. Of those, 36% qualify for free and reduced lunch and about 42,000 of those are identified as homeless. Their last secure meal is Friday lunch, and the stretch to Monday breakfast at school is a very long time, especially for a little belly with a big growl!
Realizing the Consequences
Hunger has long-term impacts
Children who regularly experience hunger also experience poorer overall health, higher levels of aggression, anxiety and hyperactivity, impaired cognitive thinking and diminished capacity to learn. This often results in lower test scores, poorer academic achievement, increased school absence, tardiness and school suspensions.
Bridging the gap
It's not rocket science!
While hunger and homelessness remain complicated problems, solving the problem of making sure school children have enough to eat is straightforward. Alongside our nutritionist, we track the macros of our food: calories, protein, sodium, fiber. We offer 6 distinct menus of food, our A.B.C. bags. Students can choose a Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American, Kosher/Halal, Vegan, or Gluten-Free bag.
Student can also receive a cold bag with a apple, cheese stick and Gogurt.
Getting it done
Thousands of meals delivered each week
We see over 100 weekly volunteers who prep and pack over 4,300 bags of food. We deliver those to schools in Seattle, Bellevue, Highline and Renton school districts working with family support workers to offer our most vulnerable support for the weekend. When students go to lunch on Friday, a bag is placed in their backpack to go home with free of charge. The vast majority of students experience housing insecurity.