Over 1,000 children in Cumberland County are not going hungry over the weekends, thanks to the support of donors like United Fund of Cumberland who support the Second Harvest Food for Kids program. With over 59,000 children at risk of hunger across East Tennessee, Second Harvest is leading the fight to end hunger in your area by providing teachers with weekly backpacks of kid-friendly, nutritious food items every Friday for 1,039 children at 10 schools and three Head Start sites in Cumberland County.
With the help of all of our supporters across 18 counties, there are now 10,659 children whose lives are affected by this program, which simply provides them with enough food to eat over the weekend so they return to school every Monday morning well nourished, alert, and eager to learn. Teachers in the participating schools have reported increased attendance, improved overall health and classroom behavior, better academic performance due to better concentration in class, and improved social skills and behavior. As one teacher commented: “The children who receive Food for Kids are better prepared for school success. As a school family, we love having the opportunity to tangibly give something so important to our students each week. It is a comfort and awesome resource to these children. The smile on the children’s faces and the fact they are at school is a great reward.”