Maui Food Bank News

June, 2016

Shortchanging Kids at the Dinner Table has a Significant Impact

When our kids are shortchanged at the dinner table, they’re actually shortchanged in significant ways for the rest of their lives.

This year’s annual spring food drive brought in a record high 17,000 lbs of safe and nutritious food and $16,000 in monetary donations. This much-needed food and funds will go to help children grow today–thereby helping ensure a better, brighter tomorrow for everyone.

If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “that’s a big meal for a little child!” or “where are you putting all that food – you must have a hollow leg!”, then you have witnessed how a growing child sure can eat.

Little bodies need a lot of nutrition. Calories, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – nutrition buzzwords pepper modern-day parenting magazines and blogs. And despite differing opinions on specific dietary choices, we are all united in an almost-fanatical awareness that children need to eat. There’s a reason for that: we all know it’s impossible for a child to develop physically without adequate nutrition. But what many people don’t realize is that there is also a strong correlation between academic, cognitive, and emotional development, too. Indeed, children who experience hunger are less likely to

be mentally healthy and academically successful than their peers. That’s why it is especially critical that no child in Maui County goes hungry. The Maui Food Bank works year-round to make sure our little ones have enough nutritious food on the table to help their bodies and minds grow up strong and healthy. Thank you to all the Rotary Clubs, Schools, Lions Club, Courthouse Judiciary, United Airlines, Churches, Maui Food Bank Board, School PTA’S, Barroga Ohana, 4-H Club, and Kihei Youth Center, who made this year’s Spring Food Drive a huge success.