Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger will present the documentary film “Poor Kids” at the Keene Public Library on May 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Penny Vaine, a social worker with Home Healthcare, Hospice, and Community Services; Melissa Mucha, the school adjustment counselor at Franklin Elementary School; and local pediatrician Dr. Trish Campbell.
Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger (MUCH) is a two-year-old network that advocates for community understanding of the hunger that is experienced by children in our community. MUCH seeks to close gaps in the community’s nutritional safety net for kids, including a program of providing school vacation food boxes distributed through local schools and a partnership with The Community Kitchen and Keene Public Library to provide sack lunches for food insecure children in the summer.
The public is invited to join the conversation and address questions such as: What does childhood food insecurity look like and how many children are impacted by this issue? What is the impact on education and public health? What are community agencies doing to address the problem and how can citizens get involved?