Most readers of Forsyth Woman magazine don’t have to worry about going to bed hungry. They don’t have to worry about their children going to bed hungry or their neighbors’ children being hungry. Not everyone in Forsyth County is so fortunate. Most readers might be surprised to know that 61,090 residents of Forsyth County are food insecure (17% of the county population). Even more of a threat to the health of Forsyth County’s children is that 20,980 of them, or 25%, are food insecure. Our public schools are filled with children (59%) who qualify for free or reduced school meal plans and who have little to no access to appropriate nutrition during the summer when school is out. Food insecurity affects children’s academic performances in reading and mathematics, along with weight, body mass index, and social skills, according to a study in The American Society of Nutritional Sciences. But you don’t have to be a scientist to recognize the detrimental effects of hunger on the children in our county and surrounding counties.
If you want to make a difference this month in these startling statistics on hunger for the children of Forsyth County, then join the Rotary International clubs in District 7690 and the Second Harvest Food Bank in RUSH (Rotarians United to Stop Hunger)! Attend a baseball game on August 7, 2016, at the Greensboro Grasshoppers stadium at 4:00 pm. Box seat tickets are only $12. Each ticket sold will raise $5 for the Second Harvest Food Bank, which can provide 35 meals for a hungry child. You do not have to be a Rotarian to attend, just a concerned resident of Forsyth County, who wants to make a difference in the lives of hungry children. Please see the promotional flyer and make your plans to attend. You may also bring canned goods to the game to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Hope to see you RUSH to the field on August 7!