1 in 5 of Montana's children live in households that struggle with hunger. At such a critical developmental stage, it is important for our youth to have access not just to food, but the right food. Without it, kids are more prone to weakened academic performance, chronic sickness, and social and behavioral problems. The effects of these issues can be long-lasting and stretch well into adulthood.
Montana faces many challenges when it comes to solving hunger. Economic factors, limited food access and the underutilization of existing assistance programs are a few of the barriers we are working to reduce. Due to Montana's vastness, many families are forced to travel several miles to get hold of the food they need. This means that outside of school lunch, some children may not see another meal on a given day. This can make food access difficult during out of school times, such as weekends and summertime. The problems almost seem insurmountable.
There is an answer, though. The 10-Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger has allowed us to work with existing programs and resources to identify opportunities and target solutions. There have been great strides made, but with more than 49,000 Montana children still facing food insecurity, we still have work to do.
It's not too late, but we need to act now.
Print the 10-Step Plan HERE
American Academy of Pediatrics Hunger Screening County Resources
Additional Information and Resources:
|Client Hunger Survey Summary||Fact Sheet on Child Hunger in Montana||Hunger: Cause and Effect|
|Hungry in Montana Report||Montana Childhood Hunger Community Assessment||National Hunger Fact Sheet|