A good teacher can ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning. A good teacher can inspire hope. 

At Second Harvest Food Bank we know that teachers are some of the most meaningful people in our children’s lives and we are grateful for the work they do teaching and caring for kids throughout our community.

We also know that teachers and school staff, from the front office to the cafeterias, bear first hand witness to hunger in our communities. 1 in 4 Northwest North Carolina children are food insecure, and our schools provide a source of healthy, nutritious food that many kids rely on.

Teachers and school staff see the impacts of hunger: good nutrition is vital to a child’s education.

Studies show that missing meals and experiencing hunger impair children’s development and achievement; and teachers in Northwest North Carolina say they see hunger’s impact in the classroom. Evidence shows that children who are hungry are not able to focus, have low attentions spans, behavioral issues and are more likely to miss days of school. In short, good nutrition is critical to a child’s body and brain development.

Learn more about school children and hunger here. 

Will you honor a teacher in your life by sending them to Empty Bowls this year? This year we have TWO options available, including a dinner — which would fit perfectly with a teacher’s demanding schedule.  Tickets are on sale here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empty-bowls-2018-tickets-42138080132

(And…. we are sorting bowls this week and found the perfect bowl for a teacher!)

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