Hungry and food insecure children can’t develop the crucial skills they need to succeed in school and life. In Jefferson County, nearly 1 in 3 families struggle to feed their children sufficient, healthy meals every day.
Children who face extreme stressors often display disruptive behaviors that set them back academically and prevent them from achieving in school.
Declining population and industry have caused severe socio-economic challenges for Pine Bluff, including high rates of drug use, gang involvement, crime, poverty and unemployment.
TOPPS has implemented a Mental Health piece into their programs. The national outcry for mental health awareness and training encouraged TOPPS to apply for a grant to support the obvious needs in their community.