National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week kicks off

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Photo from "The Homestretch"

Food, just like air, shelter and sleep, are among the necessities of life; unfortunately, it’s not readily available to everyone, including children.

Of the more than 48 million Americans who face food insecurity, or lacking means to get food on a regular basis, more than 16 million are children. That breaks down to nearly one in five children. Tack on the fact that more than 2.5 million children in the United States are homeless, and youth are facing overwhelming odds throughout the country.

November 14-22 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Annually, it’s held the week ahead of Thanksgiving to remind people of what they have to be thankful, but it’s also a time to consider those who don’t have those basic needs.

Both of these issues, homelessness and hunger, pose challenges for youth in a school setting as lack of food has been connected to delays in development, tardiness, suspensions and other behavioral issues.

Earlier this year, as a part of Independent Lens and American Graduate, audiences got to learn and understand challenges associated with being a homeless youth in “The Homestretch.”

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