Child Hunger in Rural Illinois
Starvation plagues many places around the world. I’m sure we’re all aware of famine-like conditions in third world countries. However, hunger exists here in America as well. In Illinois, one out of every five children do not get the proper nutrition needed to be healthy. Even here, in Greene County, about twelve percent of families are below the poverty line. This information can be attributed to the lack of awareness of available programs to help low income families’ children. How can we improve the lives of these starving children?
One of the first things we as a community can do is get rid of the lack of awareness about hunger problems, both nationally and locally. Afterwards, those who are financially able to donate to organizations that help stabilize nutrients within low-income families should do so. As a community, North Greene should come together to solve this epidemic that incapacitates our community as a whole. For an abundance of children, school lunch programs are their main source of nutrition. During the summertime these kids are left without a source of food. To aid in the prevention of this problem, we can assist with summer meal programs. We also need to give help to eligible families that way they can obtain their assistance.
Here in Greene County, the North Greene Area Food Pantry provides food for hundreds of people each month. They are open every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. They provide a variety of nutritional foods for free. Individuals may only receive food once a month. For the help it provides, unfortunately child hunger is still prevalent here. We subside this by providing donations to help fund their cause and we can donate our time and money to other food assistance services to ensure that no family goes hungry within our community.
Here at North Greene High School this October, we are hosting a food drive. “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat,” kicks off this month’s service awareness project. Help us make this drive successful and ensure no child knows the pain of hunger. Our goal, by the end of the month, is 500 cans! We CAN do this together!