Pine Hills learning center launches feeding program

Published On: Jun 27 2014 03:19:21 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2014 06:32:57 PM EDT

In Orange County, one in four kids go hungry over the weekend without the meals provided from schools.

In Orange County, one in four kids go hungry over the weekend without the meals provided from schools.

In Pine Hills, one of every two children go hungry over the weekend and now a new study is giving those children and their parents some temporary relief.

The Little Angels Learning Center is sending grocery bags home with 100 families every Friday for the past month as part of the Nemours Children's Hospital-run study.

Teachers say that there is a difference in children and their behavior when they bring food home over the weekend.

"On Monday, when they come they have more energy," said Ms. Temeka. "They are not as grumpy. They are engaged in what they are doing."

Temeka said she worries about what will happen to her 3-5-year-old students when the program ends this weekend and the children stop getting three meals a day.

"I have some they come in sluggish, sleepy, maybe not even feeling well because they haven't had a full meal," Temeka said.

Nemours hopes the result of the study reveals the obvious, providing nutritious meals can help build a brighter future and donations can help the program last longer.

The study costs $5,000, but would cost much more to turn it into a program.

For more information on how to donate, click here.

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