Like Damian, have you ever felt a rumble in your stomach that won’t go away? You probably were able to reach for a snack or make a meal to alleviate your hunger.
For most of the families that come to our Outreach and Prevention center, cooking a meal is more of a luxury than a regular occurrence. Out of the 263 public and charter schools in Hillsborough County, 149 schools are Title 1. This means that 75% or more of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Breakfast and lunch is provided by the schools, but not dinner.
It’s hard to work on a math problem when all you can think about is how hungry you feel. When a child is hungry, it becomes increasingly difficult to focus in school, leading to devastating long-term effects. According to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, a youth who experiences homelessness is 87% more likely to drop out of school.
No child should have to go to bed hungry or spend the weekend without food.
The 250 children living at Metropolitan Ministries are provided with three hot meals a day. Our network of meal site partners come to us every day for hot meals which they distribute out into their communities, and through our Metro Super Market families like Damian’s can shop for food.
Together we can help Damian focus on math and not where his next meal is coming from.