Several months ago Share Our Strength and Deloitte released a report about Deloitte’s extensive research on the connections between hunger and educational achievement, health care, and economic competitiveness. @ http://www.nokidhungry.org/pdfs/school-breakfast-white-paper.pdf
Now a leading CEO of a health care company, Randy Oostra of ProMedica, has written an op-ed making the case that hunger is a health issue. @ http://www.toledoblade.com/Columnists/2013/06/16/In-Toledo-hunger-is-a-health-issue.html Oostra points out that “even one childhood experience with hunger can have a negative effect on health 10 to 15 years later. Hungry children are more likely to endure poor health and delayed development. Food insecurity is associated with lower scores on physical and mental-health exams.”
ProMedica is a No Kid Hungry ally helping us advance out strategy in Ohio and Michigan. And their CEO Randy Oostra is projecting a voice on behalf of the voiceless, and helping to change the conversation in ways that makes our work more accessible to a larger audience.