Did you know that right now there are over 20,000 children attending San Diego County schools who have been identified as homeless and food insecure? Food insecure means they don't know where their next meal will come from... or when.
It may be hard to imagine somewhere as beautiful and affluent as San Diego, but it's true, and that number is growing every year.
These are not just kids from rural areas or low-income neighborhoods. Nor are they kids of any particular race or ethnicity. You won't see their picture hanging on anyone's refrigerator door or their sad faces on late night television commercials with paid celebrity spokespersons pleading their cause. These are children from right here in our own communities, from all walks of life, who all have one thing in common... they're hungry.
Hunger can be harmful to any individual but is particularly devastating to children due to their increased vulnerability and potential for long-term consequences, including health issues and behavioral challenges. Studies have found that:
- Hunger has been associated with health problems that may hinder a child's ability to function normally and participate fully in school and other activities.
- Children who suffer from food insecurities are more likely to require hospitalization, at higher risk for chronic health conditions, such as anemia, and asthma, and have more frequent instances of oral health problems.
- Food insecurity among young children is associated with poorer physical quality of life, which may prevent them from fully engaging in daily activities such as school and social interaction with peers.
- Food insecurity is also associated with social difficulties, truancy and school tardiness, hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, mood swings, bullying, and fighting with other children.
The Torres Team & Keller Williams, Carlsbad will be at the local Rancho Del Oro Albertsons in Oceanside on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 for our annual food & fundraiser.
If you have any non-perishable food you can donate, such as canned meats, canned soups, mac and cheese, peanut butter, crackers, cereal and fruit cups, please call or send us an email (we will come to you and pick them up) or drop them off at Albertsons on May 10th, we will be standing out front from 9:00 - 12:00 pm.
Email for pick-up: [email protected]