Hungry children cannot learn as much, as fast or as well due to the impact of undernutrition on cognitive development, according to Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief charity. Children without proper nourishment do poorly in school and have lower academic achievement rates. Workers who felt the impact of hunger younger in life often are underprepared physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, which leads to poor performance in the workplace. Additionally, workers who experience hunger create a less competitive pool of candidates with lower levels of education and technical skills.
The Hunger and Nutrition subcommittee will provide policy recommendations specific to the issues of hunger and nutrition to CSG’s National Workforce Development and Education Task Force. These recommendations will help inform and educate state policymakers on how hunger and nutrition affect state pathways to prosperity, raise awareness about the implications of hunger and nutrition for their state and promote collaboration among all stakeholders.