Did You Know: August

Thanks to our generous Board and workshop attendees, OPA collected 274 meals for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Demand for food has climbed forty-six percent over the past five years. Over thirty-five percent of the food requests Mid-Ohio Foodbank receives from food pantries are for children. The APA provides  a summary of the myriad effects of poverty, homelessness, and hunger on children and youth. Below are just a few of the effects.

  • A community sample that classified low-income children ages six to twelve as “hungry”, “at-risk for hunger”, or “not hungry” found that hungry children were significantly more likely to receive special education services, to have repeated a grade in school, and to have received mental health counseling than at-risk-for-hunger or not-hungry children.
  • In this same study, hungry children exhibited 7 to 12 times as many symptoms of conduct disorder (such as fighting, blaming others for problems, having trouble with a teacher, not listening to rules, stealing) than their at-risk or not-hungry peers.
  • Among low-income children, those classified as “hungry” show increased anxious, irritable, aggressive and oppositional behavior in comparison to peers.
  • Additionally, the multiple stressors associated with poverty result in significantly increased risk for developing psychiatric and functional problems.

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