Childhood hunger is a serious problem that greatly impacts a child’s self-esteem, ability to learn and behavior. Share programs can make an enormous difference for hungry kids. That’s why HUBERT® is working with schools to put share carts in action across the country.
Hunger is a Major Issue in Schools
Every teacher’s dream is to have a classroom where all students are focused and ready to learn. Sadly, this isn’t possible when students come to school hungry and can’t muster up the energy and focus they need to learn.
3 out of 4 educators see students who regularly come to school hungry because they’re not getting enough to eat at home.
Hunger Deprives Students of More Than Just Food
Children across the country are facing hunger and carrying it into the classroom with them. When students don’t get enough to eat, teachers see the toll it takes:
- 80% see students lose the ability to concentrate
- 76% see poor academic performance
- 62% see behavioral and discipline problems develop
Hunger Pains: Educators Step Up to Feed Hungry Kids
The truth is, hunger hurts – and it’s not just the students that feel it. Educators can’t help but get involved. Compassion pushes them to do more than required – feeling a moral responsibility to satisfy the basic needs of their students. In fact, teachers often spend money out of their own pockets to keep kids from going hungry.
59% of teachers regularly buy food for students who are not getting enough to eat at home – spending an average of $300 per year.
Share Carts: The Simple Solution
HUBERT® Share Carts are a great way to help kids get the food they need without putting the extra burden on teaching staff. Students can place unconsumed food and beverages – items they choose not to eat or drink – on the cart, giving other children the opportunity to take additional helpings at no cost. The great part – share cart food doesn’t affect a district’s reimbursable meals or their bottom line. And, they’re so easy to set up!
Share Carts Will Help More People Than You Think
Any food left over at the end of the day can go toward after school programs, be donated to a local food pantry or can be sent home with students whose families are struggling to make ends meet. Overall – this program has the potential to do a whole lot of good!