Assess: Recognize the Signs of Hunger
Most kids won't tell you that they don't have food at home. But you can look for the signs.
Every parent knows that a hungry child is at risk. Hungry children can't grow, develop and learn like other kids. They have trouble focusing and getting along. Children who aren't getting enough food at home might complain often of headaches, stomachaches and other ailments. They will likely fall behind in virtually every way.
Here's how to recognize the signs of hunger. A child facing hunger may:
- Suffer from poor health, feel sick or tired often
- Sleep in class
- Have difficulty with math and language skills
- Be more aggressive and fight with classmates and teachers
- Feel anxious and have difficulty concentrating
- Exhibit slower memory recall
- Underperform and have poor grades
- Frequently miss school or arrive late
If you know a child who exhibits these behaviors, there may be more going on than what you are observing. Look deeper and when you find hunger, do something to help. You can find resources at your school, your local food bank, and at strength.org/teachers.