Good nutrition is a critical part of a child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development. Yet too many low-income families struggle to put enough food on the table. 15.9 million children suffer from food insecurity, defined as “limited or uncertain access to enough nutrition food.” More than one in five children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, nearly one in three children is at risk of hunger.
Federal child nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture include the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Summer Food Service Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). During the 2012 federal fiscal year, more than 31 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals daily through the National School Lunch Program. However, of those children, less than half receive breakfast and only 10 percent access summer feeding sites.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
America’s Second Harvest
Bread for the World
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Congressional Hunger Center
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
FRAC Fact Sheet on WIC
National WIC Association
Share Our Strength
- April 29, 2014CLASP: Food Insecurity a Major Problem for U.S. Families
Policy Analyses and Research
- February 24, 2014FRAC: School Breakfast: Reaching More Children, Making Breakfast Better
- December 2, 2013Bread For The World: The 2014 Hunger Report