A teacher looking at a classroom full of children on the first day of school might have a difficult time determining who would be in need of food assistance. The free and reduced school breakfast and lunch program, our Hi-Five weekend program, and our Kids Cafe afterschool program all help get food to these children.
There are common warning signs to look for like lethargy, inability to concentrate, and aggression, but it can still be challenging to identify the need.
A new study published this month in the journal Pediatrics, by University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers examined whether the time-consuming, 18-question Household Food Security Survey provided by the federal government could be shortened and still be effective in identifying hungry children.
They found that there were two questions you could ask that would be as effective as the entire 18 question survey.
This is a great start to brainstorming exercises we’ve started internally to find ways to enhance our childhood programs.
What do you think of the findings of this study?