National Hunger Awareness Month

As June comes to a close, we consider how fast the month has come and gone. We think back to the beginning of summer when we took our much anticipated vacation time, and reminisce lazy days by the pool and afternoon snow cones. For Infant Crisis Services, however, this month is a time to reflect on what we do every single day...feeding the hungry. 

June is National Hunger Awareness Month, so the volunteers and staff at Infant Crisis Services have paid special attention to the dietary needs of our babies and toddlers this June. Without proper nutrition, children become susceptible to health, behavior and cognitive deficiencies. Hungry children are also at a higher risk for psychosocial disorders, anemia, anxiety, depression and other chronic illnesses.

It is EXTREMLY important for the infants we serve to get the nutrition they need with 85 percent of their brain development taking place during the first three years of their lives.  85 PERCENT!  Just one missed meal will negatively affect a child’s development.    

In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households with 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children going hungry.

 In Oklahoma, 675,000 people go hungry every day with 1 in 4 children receiving insufficient nutrition. 75 of those children were fed today at Infant Crisis Services.

We cannot reach every child in need of food, but we are doing our part.  As National Hunger Awareness Month comes to a close, please consider making a donation to Infant Crisis Services to help feed babies and toddlers in need.  I promise it will be the best, most rewarding thing you do all month.