UNDERSTANDING FOOD INSECURITY
Food insecurity affects 12 million children in the U.S. and about 23,500 children right here in Wyoming. Research has shown that children who suffer from food insecurity—even once in their lifetime—demonstrate poorer overall health 10-15 years later. In addition to health outcomes, food insecurity has an impact on academic achievement, graduation rates, and economic well-being. Wyoming Hunger Initiative knows that childhood hunger is a problem that can be solved, but it must first be understood.
A STATEWIDE FIGHT
From Casper's Food for Thought Project to Laramie County's Friday Food Bag Foundation and scores of grassroots efforts in between, there is no question that Wyoming residents are committed to fighting hunger every day. Wyoming Hunger Initiative seeks to build greater awareness and increase collaboration and participation in the fight against childhood hunger; we envision a day where no Wyoming child experiences food insecurity and the barriers it brings. We are uniquely positioned to affect significant change as an advocate and clearinghouse for existing programs.
BREAKFAST AFTER THE BELL
Research has shown implementing an alternative service model that moves breakfast into the regular school day is the most successful strategy for schools to increase breakfast participation and in turn, fight hunger. Wyoming Hunger Initiative has partnered with No Kid Hungry to make it easier for school districts to champion the potential of serving breakfast as part of the regular school day, tackle the logistics of implementing Breakfast After the Bell, and create school breakfast challenges to raise awareness for this proven model.
No child in Wyoming
should ever face
the day hungry.
Long before I became the First Lady, I learned from a friend about children in Sheridan County who struggled with food insecurity. I've never forgotten about those children, and have made it a priority to work toward a future where hunger no longer exists in our state.
I hope you'll join me: with your time, your generosity, and your innovative thinking. Together we can end child hunger in Wyoming.