Compassion in the Classroom
A child can’t learn on an empty stomach.
“I’ve worked with children for 10 years, so I feel food and education – you can’t have one without the other,” said Victoria, a teaching assistant at one of our Food + You partner schools.
While hopelessness could be a natural reaction to a classroom where many of the students might have missed today’s breakfast or last night’s dinner, Victoria describes her classroom as quite the opposite.
She sees compassion and caring in the young children in her care. “Some of the kids get breakfast at home but they know their friend is always hungry so they’ll go get breakfast and give it to their friend,” describes Victoria.
The kids instinctively know that when their friends are busy worrying about hunger it’s difficult for them to concentrate, especially during a demanding school day.
With this in mind, Second Harvest Heartland partnered with 17 schools in the second year of the Food + You program to provide food and access to Federal Nutrition Programs where kids spend most of their day: at school.
Hunger isn’t just an issue Victoria sees in the classroom. Victoria unfortunately struggles with making ends meet for her family, too. “As a parent it’s a hard feeling to know that you don’t have enough to feed your kids. [Food + You] gets me through and helps me make it to the end of the month,” she said.
As summer approaches, many of the children and families participating the in the Food + You program and accessing free or reduced-price meals at school will be in need of replacement meals over the summer break.
Your support today helps provide meals to local kids so they can learn, play and grow – not worrying about their next meal.
You can also hear more from Victoria and other families struggling with hunger by watching this video.