According to one survey nearly 30,000 Yolo County residents, including children, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, people living with HIV or AIDS, the homeless and people struggling to move from welfare to work, live with the threat of hunger. Over 10,000 students in Yolo County schools are eligible for free or reduced-price school breakfast programs.
Hunger adversely affects people in many ways. Low-income families and individuals, as well as people who live in extreme poverty, are confronted with constant shame, worry and insecurity about how they are going to feed themselves and their families. Studies show that hunger impairs a child's ability to learn, grow and stay healthy. Chronic health problems of the elderly are exacerbated and speeds the onset of degenerative diseases is increased. In short, hunger impedes people from having healthy and productive lives.
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