Skipping Meals

I’ll skip breakfast.

You’ve chosen to skip breakfast. That means you’ll be starting the day off without a lot of essential nutrients. Did you know that students, especially teens, who miss breakfast are more likely to struggle in school? Studies show a correlation between breakfast and academic success and imply that nutritional variety improves overall performance. Breakfast is also related to lower perceived stress and healthier habits.

I’ll skip lunch.

You’ve chosen to skip lunch like a rising number of students have had to do since the end of free school lunches during the pandemic. School lunches can be a vital source of nutrition, and food-insecure families have to stretch meals further during the summer when school lunches aren’t available. Luckily, summer meal programs are available, and legislation to cancel school lunch debt is in motion.

I’ll skip dinner.

You’ve chosen to skip dinner. With busy schedules, dinner may be the only time a family has together, and despite family mealtimes being hugely beneficial to kids, only about 30% of families manage to eat together regularlyEven ten more minutes of family dinner can increase a child’s intake of fruit and vegetables.

Missing any meal means missing important nutrients and not being at your best. Unfortunately, too many families in our community must be tactical about who gets to eat and when. At Second Harvest, we believe no one should have to decide what part of the day to run on empty, and we’re hoping you do, too.

We supply around 200 partners, making sure that the families around them have support, day in and day out. We are depending on you to provide that support, too. A recurring gift of $39 can help close a family’s meal gap for a month and help us source more nutritious foods. Give our neighbors the choice of what to eat, not whether to eat. Give today.

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