Child Alert: Summer heat requires better nutrition

Hunger Free America, a non-profit group, is now ramping up its efforts to publicize the USDA National Hunger Hotline to provide summer nutrition to children in need

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WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017 – The National Hunger Hotline is trying to reach children in need of meals during these record temperatures.  When the thermometer rises or falls, people find themselves burning more calories.

According to Scientific American:

One of the body’s most important tasks is temperature regulation. When the ambient temperature is unusually hot (Florida) or unusually cold (Alaska), we must use energy—in the form of glucose—to maintain a healthy internal temperature; we shiver and sweat, seeking to avoid hypothermia and heat stroke. These two processes—correcting for excessive heat and unwanted cold—are not equally taxing, however; cooling the body down seems to require more energy than warming it up.

Warm temperatures, then, are more likely to deplete our resources—as our bodies work to maintain homeostasis, we use up large amounts of glucose. Because glucose is also used for mental processes, it may be that the physical demands imposed by excessive warmth reduce our capacity for cognitive functioning, thereby adversely affecting our decision-making abilities.

Record temperatures this summer means summer meals for low-income children is even more important though only in D.C. only 48.8 percent of kids who receive free and reduced school meals, receive summer meals.  Summer meals are available to all kids 18 and under, and no identification is required.

Hunger Free America, a non-profit group, is now ramping up its efforts to publicize the USDA National Hunger Hotline – which can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) – through which callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs near them.

Hunger Free America’s CEO Joel Berg said,

“Now everyone can get – or give – help. If you’re hungry or at risk of hunger, it can be a daunting task to obtain food and benefits. The hunger hotline can immediately help connect families with food providers in their area. We are starting a national awareness campaign and want to make sure that people who need help can get it quickly and easily. We also want to make sure that all Americans can give back, by volunteering in ways that move beyond soup kitchen work to attack hunger at its root causes. ”

Hunger Free America also just launched, a state-of-the art volunteer matching portal to make it easier to mobilize the unique talents and skills of each individual volunteer in order to take the biggest bite out of hunger.

The above information is provided by Hunger Free America, is deemed reliable, and is being shared as a public service.

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