CDF Freedom Schools Scholars Take Action

August 4, 2017

Last month, thousands of youth from Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools® program sites across the country – including hundreds from Los Angeles, Long Beach, Sacramento and the Bay Area – made their voices heard in an organized civic action to end child hunger.

“Freedom Schools we need change. We need food to feed our brains,” "SNAP, crackle, pop - child hunger has got to stop," “No Hungry Child,” and “My family matters” were just some of the chants of scholars. As a part of Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) 2017 National Day of Social Action, the goal is to raise public awareness about food insecurity as well as the need to strengthen federal programs critical to give all of America’s children a healthy start in life.

According to Feeding America,

  • Approximately 13 million children face food insecurity each year
  • Nearly half (45.1 percent) of all food stamp recipients are children
  • Black and Latino children experience hunger at double the rate of White children
  • Children facing hunger are twice as likely to repeat a grade in elementary school

Some youth marched to city buildings to deliver their message while others had gatherings at their sites with guests from legislative offices, public health and other city and county departments.