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Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. Brings Hunger Awareness to Bradford and Tioga Counties

Hunger is happening everywhere. It is no longer just a problem of the big cities. Children and families are going hungry all over this country – even in Bradford and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania! The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank reports that within their service area, a recent study revealed that approximately 18% of children under the age of 18, more than 121,000 children, are struggling with hunger. That means 1 in every 5 children.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. works to fight hunger in several ways. One is by connecting with organizations who will help provide food to children and families enrolled in Head Start. “CHOW FOR CHILDREN”, a food program offered by the Valley United Presbyterian Church, in Athens, PA, offers a bag of non-perishable food appropriate for a lunch and a dinner to Head Start and Early Head Start families each week. This food helps to supplement the families’ weekly groceries.

There are several Hunger Awareness times throughout each calendar year. September is Hunger Awareness Month. It is dedicated to taking a stand with national organizations  and food banks to fight hunger! It offers a whole month of opportunities to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis and dedicate time to finding a solution!

November has National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. This is held each year the week before Thanksgiving in the hopes that people will reflect on what they have to be thankful for. And to share their compassion for people in the community.

No matter the time of year; no matter the reason, combating hunger is important. Consider donating food to a local food bank; make a financial commitment to an organization that is working to stamp out hunger. It all starts when you ask “What can I do to help end hunger?”

Photo Caption:       Pictured are 3 “CHOW FOR CHILDREN” volunteers as they prepare meals to send home with Athens 1 and 2 Head Start  families.