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Facing hunger can mean different things:
Whatever the situation, children who don't have access to three healthy meals a day are more likely to have problems in school and other social situations.
59% of children from low-income families say they have come to school hungry.
46% of children from low-income families say hunger hurts their performance in school.
12% of children from low-income families say sometimes at night, they're too distracted by hunger to do their homework.
In a nation with plenty of food, no child should go hungry. Thankfully, there's a solution – school cafeteria "Share Tables" or "Share Carts" - that can reach every school-aged child. They're proven to work, and if we can bring them to every school across the country, kids will be happier and healthier.
The Share Table concept is as clear-cut as it sounds. Students simply place their unwanted food and beverages on the table instead of trashing them. This gives hungry students the opportunity to take additional helpings of food or beverages from the table at no additional cost.
Pre-packaged or unopened wrapped food and beverages. For examples:
Unopened cereal bars, cheese sticks, yogurt, crackers and milk
Wrapped whole fruits and vegetables
Unwrapped whole fruits with an inedible peel (ex. oranges or bananas)
HUBERT® Share Carts are a low-cost mobile option that allows you to easily relocate your share station to best optimize foot traffic in your cafeteria. Hungry students will appreciate the easy access to extra food. And since the contents are free to all students, there isn't a stigma attached to it - giving them the food they need without the added pressure of worrying if their classmates noticed.
Many schools are taking their HUBERT® Share Cart leftovers and donating them to local non-profit organizations. Learn more here!
Interested in joining our efforts to conquer childhood hunger? Speak with one of our education experts today to learn how!