When we think back to our days in school, many memories come to mind: teachers, friends, bullies, crushes, homework, tests and the school lunches at the cafeteria. For many, lunch was a time of laughing with friends, getting scolded by teachers because of being too noisy and enjoying a welcome break with a yummy school lunch.
Unfortunately, for some, lunchtime is not as happy as for others. Children coming from underprivileged families may not afford to have their school lunches every day. Without assistance, these children simply go hungry. Lunch should be a time to enjoy and leave with a smile, a full stomach and ready to tackle the next class.
We have heard for ages about the importance of eating healthy. In the case of children it is not a matter of choice, they must have balanced healthy meals three times a day.
The Truth Behind the Importance of School Lunches:
- Hunger in America is a Reality: According to Mashable, “16 Million American kids in America struggle with hunger each year.” That works out to an alarming “1 in 5 children” not receiving an adequate nutrition or experiencing hunger. Lumberton is no exception.
- They Need School Lunches to do Better in School: According to NoKidHungry.org , a good nutrition goes hand in hand with learning as it: improves school achievements, memory, listening skills; children are better behaved and are less absent and tardy.
- Only Decent Meal of the Day: Some children don’t have breakfast before school. According to HealthyChildren.org, 20 – 30% of children in their adolescence skip breakfast altogether. In these cases, eating a healthy school lunch is particularly important. Think of the hours gone between meals. These same children may not have access to a well balanced meal for dinner when they get back home.
- Eating Healthy has a Direct Impact on their Health: The benefits of providing kids access to a healthy school lunch go way beyond their childhood and teenage years. According to the CDC.gov, when a child is provided with a well balanced nutrition (including a school lunch) they reduce the risk of health complications in the future such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, iron deficiency (anemia), osteoporosis and cavities.
We were able to collect $462 to go towards Lumberton Intermediate School. Their balance was $245.30 and the rest of the money went into a fund for kids that do not have lunch money. Thank you Kelsi Strahan for the suggestion and thank you to all who donated!
– Melissa Thompson, Altus Emergency Center Lumberton