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Group seeks ways to ensure NC students don't go hungry

Posted January 19, 2012

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— More than 100 teachers, nonprofit leaders and business executives met in Raleigh Thursday to look for new ways to battle childhood hunger.

Officials estimate that one in four children in North Carolina is hungry and that about half of public school students statewide aren't always sure where their next meal is coming from.

"This is shameful and is inconsistent with our stated belief that we care about the future of our children and our country," former Congresswoman Eva Clayton said.

Studies have shown that hungry children don't perform as well in school as their peers.

Lynn Harvey, chief of school nutrition programs for the state Department of Public Instruction, said access to subsidized meals on weekends and during school vacations presents a problem, as does the stigma students face.

"Many children, even when they're hungry, if they're being identified as being eligible for free meals at school, the stigma associated with that is so great they choose not to eat," Harvey said. "They'd rather go hungry than be socially stigmatized by their peers. We've got to overcome that barrier as well."

"No Kid Hungry" pilot programs around the state help break the stigma by offering free breakfast to all students and letting them eat in class together.

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  • bluered5858 Jan 20, 2012

    what happened to responsibility of the parents to feed there children,dont you see what this does,those parents wont ever try to feed there children if the goverment does it for them,stop all this liberal give aways and be responsible for your own children.

  • driverkid3 Jan 20, 2012

    lizard78, if my other post didn't go through, the best I can tel you in this one is to call your logal grocery store and see if they can offer a meat bundle for a reasonable price. I started out with buying the biggest one they offered, then stepped down each time, then start all over again. The great thing about it is (and not patting myself on the back) if I hear about someone here in my building having a rough time with food, I can help with something. I live in a building with elderly people, and yes, we do sometimes have peoblems just like with kids. A lot of times, though the elderly are overlooked. I won't let the elderly go hungry if I can help.

  • driverkid3 Jan 20, 2012

    lizard78, I don't know if all stores have them. Check with your local store, I go to the IGA here in Goldsboro. The technical term is "meat bundle", and they come in several sizes. They have a combination of meats in them, and it's all good. I buy frozen veggies for the most part, store brands. As far as the meat goes, what they state on the sign in the store (4 lbs. hamburger) comes in 4 packs. I don't have to break any packages to repackage, just put it all in the freezer. I think it's a great thing.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 20, 2012

    Stop sending food and money to Africa when we have kids starving right in our own backyards

  • lizard78 Jan 20, 2012

    I don't think it’s all laziness. That statement is all ignorance. Groceries are more expensive nowadays. I struggle each week to buy enough food for just me and my husband. I have a decent job, so I wouldn’t even think of asking for assistance, but I do understand the difficult times most of us are going through. Must be nice to be so blind.
    driverkid3 – What is a meat box? Do all stores have them?

  • whatusay Jan 20, 2012

    What happens to these hungry children when the school year is over and they spend a couple of months at home instead of school???? Will they die of starvation? Will these liberals take food to them every day? I don't believe any children are hungry because of the lack of food at home....just sorry parents too lazy to feed them.

  • whatusay Jan 20, 2012

    This is becomeing a true welfare state, thanks to the socialist agenda Obama and the socialist democrats have spread. No jobs, just more welfare, feed the children, the children are hungry, the children need help, why want we help the children, the children are under nourished.

  • driverkid3 Jan 20, 2012

    Good grief! I don't have kids, don't use food stamps or go to food banks. I can buy a meat box from my grocery store for $97.00 or so, and feed 3 people with what's in that box. I get hamburger, chicken, ribs, steaks, pork chops and a lot of good meat. I don't use coupons, because I forget to take the darn things with me. Oh, I am also disabled and don't have a lot of money to live on. I know I can make stew or soup with some of the stuff and it will last. Just don't understand why someone gets 3, 4, or 5 hundred dollars worth of food stamps and can't feed their kids. Something is definitely wrong here.

  • whatusay Jan 20, 2012

    This group should all contribute enough money to feed these hungry children. Welfare is strangling this country in debt. The reason 1 in 4 children go to school hungry is because the parent is too lazy to fix them breakfast before school....WHY DON'T THESE PEOPLE CONCENTRATE ON THE PARENTS INSTEAD OF THE CHILDREN....SORRY PARENTS ARE THE PROBLEM AND MORE TAXES WON'T HELP THAT.

  • kermit60 Jan 20, 2012

    This is why our schools are so behind. It's not the job of the schools to feed it is to educate. Stick to educating t5he kids and let the responsible department worry about feeding them.

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