Story of Hope from the National Hunger Hotline - Oklahoma Teacher Helps Her Students

Last Modified: 12/15/2013
Date: 
02/02/2011

USDA Food and Nutrition Service's Hunger Hotline is a call center dedicated to connecting people with resources in their local communities such as food pantries, SNAP offices, and other social services. The Hotline is managed by WHYHunger through a contract with FNS.

An elementary school teacher from Oklahoma recently called the National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3 HUNGRY) to learn about food programs that she could pass along to her students. The teacher was concerned that some of her students had little to no food at home, and the weekends were especially tough on them. The teacher relayed that while the school was able to provide meals for the kids during the week, they would often come back to class on Monday hungry and unfocused.

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The hunger hotline advocate was able to provide the teacher with information about a Backpack program found at the local food bank. Backpack programs work to provide children with food for the weekends. The advocate explained that the teacher may also want to look into the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Meals program and provided a link to the USDA FNS website.

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1-866-3-HUNGRY in English

1-877-8-HAMBRE in Spanish

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