Evelyn, Alaina and Isaiah are enjoying the baked spaghetti we served at Horizons today! Did you know 1 in 4 children living in Adams County are unsure of the source of their next meal? Because childhood represents such a critical period in human development, the long-term impact of hunger on children can be extremely detrimental.
Good nutrition has a direct link to proper physical growth and development for kids. Children who experience chronic, unsatisfied hunger are at risk of not getting the appropriate intake of necessary vitamins and minerals to ensure reaching developmental milestones. A child might be shorter than average height and could be significantly underweight. Some kids succumb to common childhood diseases because hunger lowers immunity necessary for warding off illnesses. Kids suffering from hunger often have poorer overall physical health.
At Horizons, our goal is to provide a hot, nutritious lunch every day and help these children on their way to a healthy, active life.