Healthy Kids Snow Days Mean Hungry Kids

Published on February 12th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


Snow Days are Hungry Days for Many Students

Snow Days Mean Hungry Kids

Snow days are fun, aren’t they? You get to play in the powdery white with your kids before heading back in for soup and maybe even some hot cocoa for a snow day treat. For students who rely on the school lunch program, though, snow days mean going hungry.

Are the schools near you closed for snow today? Here in Atlanta and nearby Decatur all of the schools are closed due to snowy and icy conditions. I was a little bummed that my son would miss out on fun social time at his daycare today, but this NPR story on the more severe impacts of snow days sure put that into perspective.

At one Iowa school where the majority of students rely on school lunch and breakfast programs, some students showed up despite the winter weather in hopes that the school would still be serving breakfast. Faculty gave the kids what food they had stashed in their desks, but those desk snacks are hardly the same as a breakfast and lunch.

Nancy Roman from the Washington DC Capital Area Food Bank said:

“The sad reality is that some kids don’t have access to food if their nutritious meals come from school and they are unable to go to school.”

It really is sad. Even sadder? Snow days aren’t the only days that our nation’s kids are going hungry, and deeper cuts to the school lunch program and to SNAP just mean that even more kids are going to bed hungry every night.

Image Credit: School Buses photo via Shutterstock

Keep up with the latest sustainable food news by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Tags: , , , , ,

About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑
  • Let’s Connect!

  • Advertisements

  • Popular Posts & Pages

    Whether you are looking to completely give up animal products or just want to try eating vegan some of the time, we want to support you! Below, you’ll find articles answering some common questions about vegan cooking and nutrition. If you don’t see your question answered below, please get in touch with us! We are happy to investigate for you!

    Find out what's in season now, plus get plenty of recipe inspiration to help you make the most of every season's beautiful, local fare.

    I love infographics. When I came across this one about what, how, and when to plant vegetables, I thought I’d share. Keep reading after the pic for a few of my own lessons learned.

    Putting a healthy meal together can be difficult on a busy weeknight. These quick, easy, healthy meals make even weeknight cooking a breeze.

    Looking for an all vegan grocery store? Even if you’re not lucky enough to have one in your town, there are lots of online options for vegan grocery shopping.

  • Advertisements

  • Search the IM Network

  • The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by, and do not necessarily represent the views of Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc., its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.