Although it may seem as though most Floridians have plenty of food to eat, there are many children in the United States who cannot count on three meals a day. In fact, in 2012 more than 20 percent of children went hungry because of a lack of resources, but a recent study shows that paternal involvement can reduce the risk of food insecurity for children.
New research from Rutgers University confirms that fathers who are involved in their children’s lives, even after a divorce or separation, are less likely to put their children at risk for going hungry. Especially when they spend time with their children in addition to paying child support, fathers may be giving their children’s mothers more time to shop for groceries and prepare nutritious meals for their children. Also, the father’s presence may reduce the single mother’s stress level, which can improve her parenting.