Childhood Hunger: How You Can Make A Difference

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Greensboro, NC -- Making a difference in a child's life can be as easy as buying a jar of peanut butter. It sounds so simple, but without proper nutrition, kids don't develop mentally and physically the way they should.

The summer is difficult for many kids who normally get a free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch at school. No school means they may miss two balanced meals a day.

Across Second Harvest Food Bank's service area, which consists of 18 counties, more than 50 percent of school age children rely on the national school meal program. Nationwide, 22.4 percent of kids are considered "food insecure."

That designation means they don't have consistent access to adequate food due to a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.

NC is even higher at 27.3 percent. Here in the 2 Wants To Know viewing area, Wilkes County has the highest number of food insecure kids at 32.4 percent!

Surry and Randolph Counties both have more than 29 percent of kids who go don't have access to food. Yadkin and Davidson Counties round out the top five counties of need in our area. 

Those numbers have faces behind them. 2WTK joined forces with Second Harvest and the Guilford College Chick-Fil-A for a one day food drive for kids.

Chuck Harmon, Manager of Food Drives and Salvage Operations for Second Harvest talked about how there aren't enough feeding centers in the summertime and that their goal is to have food available for parents to pick up for their children.

After the one-day food drive is over, the need continues. You can always text your donation. Text the number 328 to the phone number 25383. You get charged $10 dollars on your phone bill. That $10 can provide 70 meals.

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