Learning First’s web site is a quick education about hunger in the classroom… hungry children can’t learn. They get distracted, fall sick, and fall behind. Daily stomachaches and headaches drive underfed children to the school nurse. Hungry children are more likely to act out in class.
A 2013 nationwide poll of k-8 public school staff found that three out of four educators said that hungry children were a serious issue in their school. Everyone suffers when children go hungry.
Some schools serve breakfast in the classroom. Educators have reported substantially improved alertness, increased attendance and decreased disciplinary problems. Everyone fairs better when children are fed
But even a great school breakfast program is ineffective if school is not in session.
If you have received a meal a day at school for nine months of the year the summer is a long hungry time.
That’s where ECSM’s “The Club at Collington” helps. That’s why the Fast+Food Lenten program is being conducted across the Diocese of Maryland. Let’s each skip one meal a week for the five weeks of Lent. Parishes will collect the money and send it to the Diocese for ECSM who’ll feed kids this summer.