The Effects of Hunger on Children
Most people dislike feeling hunger and kids are no exception. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines hunger as a physiological state of discomfort resulting from a chronic shortage of food intake. Hunger has been linked to disease, pain, physical weakness, anxiety and death. With over 40 percent of households living below the poverty level in the United States, many children are affected by hunger. Approximately 13 million American children live with or are at risk of experiencing hunger. 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.
Your youngster’s cognitive development might suffer from hunger. Children experiencing chronic hunger could develop learning disabilities or other cognitive impairments. Many kids will have trouble focusing in an academic setting due to a lack of energy and motivation. A hungry child often has ongoing health issues, so he may have frequent school absences that also make it difficult to learn. Your hungry child might fall behind in grade levels.
A child experiencing hunger might feel embarrassed and ashamed. These feelings of embarrassment could affect your child’s interaction with peers or your youngster could engage in negative interactions such as fighting or stealing. The youngster could be socially isolated due to academic struggles, so he may be older than classmates. A child who feels chronically hungry could show unusual signs of stress and anxiety.
So I’m going to mention a few people who have done Treks like I’m planning.
First there is Bernie Harberts author and adventure. He rode across America on a mule. When he started he says he didn’t know much about Mules or equine trekking. But not knowing much he still did it, that takes bravery of a special type. His web site is http://www.riverearth.com.
Then there is Bernice Ende a lady adventure that has almost 14000 miles to her name on horseback thru America and Canada. She travels alone with her two horses. http://www.endeofthetrail.com/blog/
Then there is the Wagon teamster Bob Skelding a man who as traveled across America by horse and wagon. Still does treks around in America when he can. He was hit by a eighteen Wheeler and two of his horses were killed and one was injured. He was hospitalized from the accident. After he got better he bought another wagon and team and continued his journey. When the injured horse was healed he rejoined the team. That takes bravery of a awesome sort. His Website is http://www.wagonteamster.com
I would also like to mention another website that has also shown me that I’m not insane or at least if I am then I’m in a select group of people. This would be the long riders guild. Their website is http://www.thelongridersguild.com
These and people like them are where I’m getting the inspiration and courage to follow my dreams. How can I not follow them with individuals like these leading and showing the way.
My route I plan on starting this Trek in July of 2018. This time frame is adjustable. I’m planning for that date because it will have me doing winter in the warmer states Ky, TN NC, Tn,Ky,Ar,OK,. Basically following the Benge route of the Trail of Tears. I’m hoping to be leaving OK. in February then it will be heading north through Dodge City Ks, Ne, SD, ND, Mt, Id,and Wa following the Cherokee Trail to the Oregon trail and then to Lewis and Clark trail then North to the Pacific Northwest Trail even though I won’t be able to follow the PNT with a wagon I’ll parallel it. I’m hoping to get to Neah Bay Wa by Oct or Nov 2019. Then I will head south down the coast to CA then start heading east thru Nv, Ut, I’m hoping to go though these to states in the spring when it will be cooler and there will be more water. Then Arizona Tx Oklahoma Arkansas Tn. Then home to Science Hill Ky sometime around July 2020. This route is adjustable depending on different factors and to where I’m led.
For the end of this trip. But not I hope the end of the story.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
We are scheduled to begin our journey on July, 2018
My extensive preparations have been going on for over two years already, including training, fitness, mapping, logistical planning and more. You can see what I’ve been doing to get ready and keep up to date with our progress and adventures right here on this blog.
There were several ideas on how to carry enough water. One was carry 5 gallon jerricans but I kept coming back to the fact that I would have to carry at least 6 and they would take up a lot of room. I had decided that 36 gallons of water would be my goal as horses drink between 10 to 15 gal. a day. Then I thought of barrels but again there was the problem of room, where would I put them. Finally I decided on two 18 gal. RV water tanks. I could put them under the seat of the wagon. The reason I decided on two was that way I could leave one empty when I knew that there would be water ahead plus it would cut down on water surge in the tank. The weight for water is 8 lb per gal so 36 gal is 288 lb. I’m going to leave it up to my friends and family “who are awesome” to build my wagon for me to figure out how to get water in and out.
As we travel slowly across America we plan on stopping and talking to local people and explaining why we are traveling the way we are. We will call ahead to see if the papers of the local communities would be willing to talk to us and do up an article.
> We are also going to try to find a local charity contact and see if they want to set up a event like a local trail ride and or BBQ with us or even have some of the rider’s in the community ride alongside of us for a day or two to raise money for local needs.
> As we ride we are hoping that the national news will start covering us. Raising the awareness to a national level.
> Horses can only travel 15 to 25 miles a day for three to five days before they have to take a rest day. We will try to schedule these rest days in conjunction with interviews and other events.
> There is exciting times ahead and I hope you will join us in Raising Awareness for the Hungry Children of America
Our mission is to raise awareness of how many children and elderly going hungry in America today and how to help. America the land of plenty has 16 million hungry children. So we decided to do something to help by what? So we tried to figure out what we could do to help. We decided that raising awareness of the hopeless hunger in our most at risk Americans would help.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity.
In the United States today, nearly 16 million children face hunger. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles then their peers to reaching their fullest potential. The future of America lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.
We will be stopping along the way to talk to people about the at risk people going hungry on American soil. We will be talking about ways to help American children and elderly.
1. What can local people of the community do to help.
A. Every time you go to the store to buy groceries buy a little extra and give it to someone in your neighborhood who needs it.
B. Find out what children are going hungry in your neighborhood. I’ll bet that most of your children know who doesn’t get to eat. Send a extra lunch to school with your child if he or she knows of a child going hungry. That lunch might let know of someone elderly on a fixed income fix up a box of food and drop it off. A jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread will help. Or a couple cans of soup.
2. Why should you help.
A. The child you help feed today might be the one to save your child’s life tomorrow.
B. The children are your neighbors, what will you be teaching your children if you don’t help.
3. Don’t look the other way and expect someone else to help. Set an example to your family and your neighbors. It doesn’t cost much to help a little and if everyone helps a little maybe Children and Elderly going hungry in America will stop.