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Cape Kid Meals was Featured in Cape Cod Times Article

http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170523/help-for-hungry?rssfeed=true

What do the children think of Cape Kid Meals?

The following is a letter of children's thoughts on the program. Two weeks ago, I was invited by some of the second and third graders from one of the elementary schools we deliver food bags

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Hunger Impact

In our country 1 in 5 children are facing food insecurity, this is more than the combined population of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. During the school week they depend on the federal free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs. However, many of these children go home over the weekend to empty refrigerators and cupboards. The impact is profound for these children who often suffer from anxiety because of the fear of not knowing if they will eat over the weekend.

The Result

The effects of hunger on young children are significant and can be seen daily in classrooms. The lack of food impacts both physical health and academic development. Research shows that children who lack food and nutrition are more likely to have chronic health issues, behavioral problems, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. Additionally, lack of food in children contributes to negative effects on academic performance including being tardy or absent from school and even repeating a grade.

Cape Cod Statistics

The chart below shows the number of children in each school district that is economically disadvantaged and may be food insecure. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2015-2016 Selected Populations Report (District) Economically Disadvantaged.

School District Number of Children Percentage of Children
Barnstable 1,421 28.9%
Bourne 423 22%
Brewster 117 23.9%
Dennis/Yarmouth 1,093 35.4%
Eastham 55 31.1%
Falmouth 870 35.4%
Mashpee 452 27.7%
Monomoy 432 22.4%
Nauset 289 19.2%
Provincetown 43 36.4%
Sandwich 363 13.1%
Truro 31 26.1%
Wellfleet 26 23%

Economically Disadvantaged: Calculated based on a student’s participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC); the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) foster care program; Mass Health (Medicaid).

Number of Children and Districts served on Cape Cod.

Cape Kid Meals currently provides food bags for 245 children in 8 schools across the Cape.

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Percentage of Students on Free and Reduced Meal Program
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Number of Children Fed by Blessings in a Backpack Across U.S.
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Number of Schools Participating in Blessings in a Backpack Programs

3 out of 5 teachers say they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school
hungry.

Three prevalent consequences of hunger in schools: Inability to concentrate, poor academic performance, & headaches and stomach aches.

More than 16 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes.