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Bradford-Tioga Head Start Recognizes November as Hunger Awareness Month

FACT: 1 in 5 U.S. kids don't get the food they need. And while everyone knows that feeling of an empty stomach, many people can go to the refrigerator or cupboard and fill their tummy back up. For over 48 million people in the US this feeling isn’t satisfied that easily.

FACT: An empty stomach gives people a feeling of running on empty – without energy. Without the fuel and nutrition to fill themselves back up, people – especially children – don’t have the energy to focus, to learn, to grow, and ultimately, to succeed. Being hungry also takes a terrible toll on their health and development, and threatens their futures in profound ways.

So where does someone turn when they are in need of food? Food pantries are one such place. Located in many towns throughout Bradford and Tioga counties, families who live within the Food Pantry’s service area and who meet the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s income guidelines are eligible to receive food. According to information found on the Central PA Food Bank website, based on information in 2015, 67% of people in Bradford county and 64% in Tioga County meet those income guidelines. And even more alarming, within the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s 27-county service area (Tioga and Bradford counties are two of those 27 counties), a recent study revealed that approximately 18% of children under the age of 18, more than 121,000 children, are struggling with hunger and receive some support from member food banks.

In recognition of November as Hunger Awareness month, Bradford Tioga Head Start staff were asked to participate in a NO KID Hungry Campaign as a way to get involved in the fight to end childhood hunger. Each Friday in October BTHS staff were asked to wear orange to show support for hunger awareness. (The color orange has been designated for hunger awareness.) And all throughout the month of October staff participated in a program-wide food drive. At the end of the month arrangements were made to deliver the food items to the food banks close to each site in Bradford and Tioga Counties.

With millions of Americans going hungry each day, the demand for food assistance will remain high. Food banks are being pressed to meet the needs in their communities. Bradford-Tioga Head Start staff are and will continue to do their part in the war against hunger, one non-perishable item at a time!

 

Photo Caption:       Canton 1 Head Start staff pose with their collection box for the NO KID hungry campaign held at Bradford Tioga Head Start. Pictured are (from left to right) Jena Miller, Canton 1 Teacher, Meg Larson, Canton 1 Teacher Aide and Jen Dinan Canton Family Partner.