Hungry children can suffer from chronic malnutrition. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to serious health problems such as impaired cognitive development, growth failure, poor overall health, more ear infections, diabetes, physical weakness, anemia and more. Children who are hungry have also shown poor performance in school, have shorter attention spans, poor test taking skills, and are less likely to become productive and break the cycle of poverty.
Similar to childhood hunger, hunger experienced by seniors can have lasting and life-altering effects. Studies indicate insufficient nutrition intake by seniors can compromise the efficiency of prescription drugs and reduce the quality and longevity of life.