#CampusChat Q&A with Jacqueline Wilson, founder of the Monkey Do Project

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No one disputes the value of an education at any level, but while we tout the benefits of staying in school, finishing high school and pursuing a college degree, we may overlook the fact that there many (too many) children in the U.S. just trying to get through each day with enough food to survive.

1 in 5 American children don’t have enough food to eat today. And, in some areas of the most poverty-stricken regions of U.S. Appalachia, that number is 1 in 4. [MonkeyDoProject.org]

We need to feed children before they can read, let alone learn and get headed on the path to college.

Smart College Visit was honored to have Jacqueline Wilson, founder of the Monkey Do Project,  join us for #CampusChat.

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Following is the Q&A describing the premise behind the Monkey Do Project and how you can help.

 

Q1: Where is #Appalachia? #monkeydo #campuschat

A1: #Appalachia covers 13 states–#AL #GA #KY #MD #MS #NY #NC #OH #PA #SC #TN #VA #WV #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q2: Why is Appalachian poverty different than the rest of the US? #monkeydo #campuschat

A2: @ARCgov reports 42% of Appalachia is rural (vs US average 20%) making transportation, infrastructure, jobs more difficult #campuschat

 

Q3: Out of every 6 Appalachians, how many live in poverty? #monkeydo #campuschat

A3: 1 in 6 (17%) Appalachians live in poverty (@PRBdata) with US average at 14.5% (@HungerNotes) #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q4: According to @PRBdata what % of central Appalachia (KY, WV, VA) working adults have Bachelor degrees? #monkeydo #campuschat

A4: Only 13% of Central Appalachia adults hold Bachelor degrees, compared to 30% for rest of US (via @PRBdata) #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q5: @PRBdata reported Appalachia counties with double digit unemployment rates had low… #monkeydo #campuschat

A5: high school graduation rates. 1 in 5 Appalachians lacked high school diplomas where unemployment was high. #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q6: Is there a link between hunger and academic achievement? #monkeydo #campuschat

A6: @CDCgov says hunger can cause poor school performance-lower grades, high absenteeism and repeating a grade #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q7: What are some physical signs of school kids who are suffering from hunger? #monkeydo #campuschat

A7: Hungry kids can be fatigued, sick often, have bleeding gums and decaying teeth. #monkeydo #campuschat

According to @NoKidHungry , 16.2 million U.S. kids don’t have enough food #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q8: In #Appalachia states #OH and #VA, how many hungry kids receive free school breakfast? #monkeydo #campuschat

A8: Only 51% of hungry Appalachian Ohio and Virginia school kids start their day with a guaranteed breakfast (@NoKidHungry) #monkeydo #campuschat

The @CDCgov reports that no breakfast creates poor cognitive performance for school kids. #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q9: How has @MonkeyDoProject helped school kids? #monkeydo #campuschat

A9: @MonkeyDoProject has given 5357 lbs of food to #Appalachia + weekend food to school kids in need #monkeydo #campuschat

Also, @MonkeyDoProject has given 5200 school backpacks w/school supplies and healthy snacks to #OH #Appalachia kids #monkeydo #campuschat

 

Q10: How can you help school kids in #Appalachia? #monkeydo #campuschat

A10: Donate to orgs like Monkey Do Project who fight #hunger in #Appalachia. http://monkeydoproject.org/donate/ #monkeydo #campuschat

Contact @MonkeyDoProject about becoming a campus ambassador for #Appalachia #hunger at your #college! #monkeydo #campuschat

Author: Suzanne Shaffer

Suzanne Shaffer advises parents and students in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation at ParentsCountdowntoCollegeCoach.com. She is excited to share her knowledge with the readers of Smart College Visit.

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