Good nutrition, although important to all individuals, is especially important in the early years of a child’s life.
The right nutrition helps to establish a good foundation that has implications on a number of aspects in a child’s life including future physical and mental health and academic achievement.
Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that can threaten a child’s foundation. This year in our community, more than 1 in 5 children will face hunger, but your Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will be there to help.
- 30 percent of the members of households serve by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank are children under the age of 18 years old.
- Almost half of all individuals served by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s network partners are children or seniors, our most vulnerable populations.
With strong community support like yours, your Foodbank remains dedicated to improving the lives of those children struggling with hunger, just like Alex and his mom Ebony.
Ebony Veal and her four-year-old son, Alex, are visiting the food pantry at Pregnancy Care of Summit County, a member agency of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Ebony is nine months pregnant, and has chosen several items from the pantry, including frozen meat and fresh vegetables.
“We’ve been homeless,” explains Ebony shyly. “I was living in a big house when my son’s father left us. I tried keeping up with the bills by myself, but things slowly got cut off.”
Faced with the choice of paying her bills or buying groceries, Ebony doesn’t always know how she will feed her son, or where her next meal will come from.
“I might be able to provide a meal, but what about the next one?” Ebony says. “I never wanted my son to see me struggle. It’s hard out there, and if it wasn’t for food pantries I literally don’t know what I would do. I am striving to make my kids life better, to make my life better, to become a better me.”
Just before leaving the pantry, little Alex takes one more walk around the aisles with a shopping cart just his size. Grinning, he looks at his mom then reaches down to a lower shelf and picks up a small box of fruit snacks to put in his cart. Shannon Collins, Special Events Coordinator of Pregnancy Care, hugs Ebony tightly and says, “You are already a better you, and I am truly proud of you.”