SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– More than 3,000 children received free breakfast from McDonald’s as a part of the Hope for Hunger campaign on Thursday.
Hope for Hunger campaign is an awareness initiative for the fight against childhood hunger.
“We are local Owners and Operators who truly care about supporting our local communities and advocating for children in the fight against hunger.” Said Andi Hilburn-Vaini, local Ozarks Owner/Operator and area Co-Op President.
Nigel Holderby with United Way of the Ozarks says 1 in 7 people in the Ozarks don’t know where their next meal is coming from. “When you take that to the next level, that is 1 in 4 children. So, that’s a lot of kids that go hungry every single day. United Way fights for the education, health and the financial stability of every person in every community. So what that means is, when you are hungry, how does that impact your education? We know that when your belly is rumbling, you’re not really able to focus. We know that affects our kids and how they learn.”
Hunger for students can put them at a big disadvantage in school.
“We talk about all the different things it impacts. If I’m hungry and foggy, and I can’t learn, that’s going to impact whether I can graduate from high school. It levels up and you really have a stacking effect,” said Holderby.
“We talk about ‘Live United’ at United Way with this motto that we have. But it’s more than just a motto – it’s more than just words. It’s what’s happening here. Our partnership with McDonald’s – our partnership with KOLR10 – it’s a great way to bring awareness and letting people know that this is not just affecting their neighbor. Whenever we’re impacted, it’s all of us. It’s the community.”