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by CherylRomanowski

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Categories: Service Stories

by CherylRomanowski

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Sarah Noel led a Pack-A-Sack program

I often tend to immerse myself in my studies, especially mathematics, or watching one of my favorite TV shows on Netflix. After so much energy being exhausted from either doing practice problems or binge-watching, I get hungry.

My stomach starts to rumble, and my feet starts walking towards the kitchen in search for food. I look within my cabinets and refrigerator for any snack to help dismiss my roaring stomach. Unfortunately, the milk and bread in the fridge does not interest me and not being in the mood to cook any of the pasta in the cabinets. The next step is me complaining about how there is never any food in house, even though that is not the case. This scenario, that used to be a daily occurrence in my routine, made me realize the issue of child hunger within my community.

Of course, I do not suffer with this issue because I have food in my fridge and cabinets; I am just not in the mood to eat or cook any of the food available to me. I know child hunger is a serious issue, specifically 75,000* in just Broward County, that effects the wellness, health, and education of children, because they are not getting the necessary nutrients to help them grow big and strong, and without a full stomach they get distracted and cannot focus during school.

I know when I sometimes skip breakfast in the morning because I am rushing out the house and did not have any time to grab anything, it is harder for me to focus in my morning classes and I often get distracted and embarrassed when a loud growl emits from my stomach. Therefore, I believe it is important for others to learn and understand the issues pertaining towards child hunger. With the resources currently available to me, I have managed to reduce the issues of childhood hunger by being a Lead Volunteer with Pack-A-Sack, which is a nonprofit organization that helps reduce the impact of child hunger within Broward County.

The program targets over 9 schools and helps over 120 kids, which allows them to have food over the weekend and during the long breaks incorporated throughout the school calendar when they are not in school. I have also volunteered my time with events such as Feeding South Florida, Million Meal Pack, and distributing boxes of food for hurricane relief.

— Sarah Noel, 19, Florida

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