Child Hunger Effect on Learning

By Ambria Holman

Today, there are more than 13 million kids that are battling with hunger in the United States. The presence of hunger and food insecurity has contributed to a lack of focus within the class room. Recent studies have shown that children who are hungry are not able to function and focus to their fullest capacity than children who are not hungry. In a study done by Tuff University, they found that the brain is negatively impacted by any deficiency of the nutrients the child has. They also found that hunger can cause developmental delays in a child’s ability to learn and can be linked to lower standardized testing scores. The study concluded that all things can be treated with food security.


With more than 40 million families living in poverty, the United States has come up with a variety of solutions to improve hunger issues. To begin, the United States has provided families with government programs such as SNAP (Supplement Nutrient Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infant, Children), and The School Lunch program (this being reduced or free lunch). These programs have become the nation’s top three programs. There has also been other programs such as the breakfast program, summer program, in which students receive free lunch over the summer, and the after school program. More than 59% of food security homes have recorded using at least one of the programs. With the help of programs such as these put in place, over 390 million meals are given out to children alone. This alone can help not only the lack of food security but also help end the cycle of poverty.

  1. (Second Harvest)

  2. (No Kid Hunger)

  3. (Todays Dietitian)