Column: Food pantries help to fill meal gap for schoolchildren



Nearly half of Indiana’s schoolchildren are enrolled in the school meal program, meaning their last day of school likely provided their last reliable meal until classes resume in August. The hunger they experience can have long-term effects if we do not implement solutions.

The National Institutes of Health reports hungry children are more likely to suffer headaches, stomachaches, colds and infections, and are less likely to learn as much, as fast or as well as students with stable meals.

Research from Harvard University concurs that hungry children have more behavioral and emotional problems, are more anxious and aggressive and therefore are more likely to receive school suspensions.

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