Why Summer Is the Most Important Time for Awareness

June 2, 2016

At the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County, the need to recognize our community’s children who struggle with hunger during the summer is important.
        While activism during the winter months is at an all-time high, too often we forget about the children who will go without once school is dismissed for the summer. When nearly 300,000 children nationwide are reliant on lunch programs that are either free or reduced, the lack of programs during the summer greatly affects not only the child’s development but also their behavioral functions.
         It is proven that nutritional benefits directly correlate behavioral issues. Children become more adept to developing many issues and may lash out during school. According to an article published in TIME Magazine, Recent studies showed the effects of starvation as infants and their behavioral outcomes as an adult.[1] These adults now suffer from more anxiety, are more likely to be less sociable and interested, and more hostile than their well-nourished counterparts. Nearly one in five chi