Fighting Childhood Hunger With Baseball Star Josh Bell

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At our law firm, we believe in giving back to the community. And so does baseball star Josh Bell.

Josh: That's why I teamed up with Edgar Snyder & Associates – we're working together to strike out hunger.

Did you know? Over half a million children in Pennsylvania don't have enough to eat! And undernourished kids are at risk for serious health, social, and educational struggles.

Team up with us to fight for healthy kids.

Visit EdgarSnyder.com/Hungry for details.

What Childhood Hunger Really Looks Like

What do you think of when you imagine “childhood hunger?”

  • Do you picture a grandmother raising her grandchildren on limited income whose physical limitations make it difficult to cook?
  • Do you picture recently laid off parents skipping meals so that their three kids can eat?
  • Or a woman whose husband was badly injured in an accident and has to decide between food for the kids and her husband’s medication?

All of these stories are a part of what we mean when we say “childhood hunger.” It’s not just a term – it is the very real, sometimes devastating circumstance that an estimated 13.1 million families face every day in the United States.

These families are considered “food insecure,” which means that the home lacks access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Food insecurity happens in cities, in suburbs, and in rural areas. It affects people of every age, race, and ethnic background.

The good news is that there are ways to help. Ways to make a real impact. And we’ve teamed up with baseball star Josh Bell to help do just that.

The Effects of Childhood Hunger

Children who don’t get enough to eat – and who don’t get enough of the right kinds of food to eat – face more risks than just feeling hungry. They are also more likely to:

  • Repeat a grade in elementary school
  • Be at a greater risk of truancy and tardiness
  • Experience developmental delays and impairments
  • Display social and behavioral problems, such as anxiety, mood swings, and hyperactivity
  • Face higher risks of chronic health conditions such as asthma and anemia
  • Experience higher hospitalization rates

In short, not having enough to eat can affect every aspect of a child’s life.

How You Can Help

Programs like Blessings in a Backpack are wonderful and a necessary part in the fight against childhood hunger – they make sure that kids who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends have enough food during the school year.

But what happens when the school year is over? That’s where organizations like the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank come in. They have programs that make healthy, nutritious food accessible to everyone, all year long. And, they have a number of ways for you to get involved. As they say, “Community is in our name because eliminating food insecurity is something we can all do together.”

You can visit their website to learn how you can lend a hand, be it donating, volunteering, or holding your own food drive (and more).

Finally, if you are in need of food assistance, be sure to reach out to your local food bank – they want to hear from you.

Sources: Feeding America, Child Hunger Fact Sheet Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank