This is how a young girl named Angelina describes being hungry:
"It was hard, it was stressful and sad, but I tried not to show any emotion in front of my mom. I would act like I wasn't hungry, or I'd just wait until I would get to school because they would give me breakfast."
During the summer, there's no school breakfast for kids like Angelina. There's no escape – just that gnawing, quiet hunger.
Angelina is just a kid. She shouldn't have to worry about protecting her mom or cobbling together her next meal.
Kids like Angelina deserve a childhood innocent of grown-up worries. Being hungry deprives them of that chance.
If you've ever seen a kid jump and play on a playground, building vast imaginary worlds and bursting with the joy of being outside, you know that a child's innocence – their belief in a life full of possibilities – is worth protecting.
Even more, these little people have bodies and minds worth feeding – so they can grow up strong and healthy.
Through the Feeding America network, we can help get kids the veggies, fruit, dairy, bread, and other essentials that they need during the summer. But the number of children who need food is staggering.