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Holidays are typically a festive time, with breaks from the routine, meals with loved ones, maybe even some gifts. But for many families across the U.S., the season comes with intense stress: Roughly 1 in 5 families with children are not getting enough food.
Even with school meals, food stamps and food banks, some kids just aren’t getting enough to eat. A recent national survey from the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength found more than half of teachers have used their own money to buy food for hungry students. They know hunger increases the chances of academic failure, which can push people toward unemployment or even crime.
Results of the study by Strayer and University of Kansas psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and Paul Atchley in PLOS ONE, an online journal of the Public Library of Science, were released Wednesday.
“The constant bombardment of technology and urban life is draining the frontal portion of the brain, suppressing problem solving, decision making and creativity,” said Strayer, who teaches a “Cognition in the Wild” class through the University of Utah in the backcountry of southern Utah. “When you get away from that hustle and bustle and out in nature, where it is soft and fascinating, your brain can replenish, become sharper and focus on thinking.”
Goodwill Thanksgiving for 400, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1960.
Milwaukee residents share a meal at a Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by Goodwill and the Wisconsin Telephone Pioneer Women (presumably a chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a charitable organization of volunteers from the telecom industry).