- The food insecurity rate among children living in Kansas is over 22.7 %.
- The poverty rate in Butler County is close to 16%.
- During a national study on food hardship, 18 % of Butler County residents reported Inability to afford enough food.
- El Dorado Public Schools (USD 490) statistics show that over 55 % of students qualified for free and reduced fee lunches (due to living in economically disadvantaged households) last year. The number increased to 66 % this year.
- According to a national report published in February 2012, during the last decade the number of children living in high-poverty areas increased by 25% nationally — but in Kansas, it increased by 229%.
- Hunger affects the physical, cognitive and behavioral development of children.
- Children living in food-insecure households are likely to experience fatigue, poor concentration and difficulty learning in school. School lunch programs help, but don’t solve the whole problem.
- Having enough food to eat can be particularly hard for homeless students.
Per Kansas Dept. of Education data, Butler County School Districts identified at least 147 students who were homeless in 2012. This data does not include: homeless children and youth who are NOT in school (including those too young to attend school). Also, not all homeless students will disclose that they are homeless.
For further information or questions about the sources for this data, please contact: Judie Storandt, Community Advocate & Blogger , 405-308-9158 / email@example.com