Did you know that more than 16 million children in America live in households struggling with hunger? That means that more than 1 in 5 children may not always have enough to eat. In the world’s wealthiest nation, children can’t always get the nutrition they need to thrive. This is unacceptable. Working together, we can change that.

Hunger impacts kids in a variety of ways. Food insecure children don’t develop and grow as well as others. They may have more difficulty learning and may not do as well in school. They are more likely to get sick and are more likely to be hospitalized. The effects of child food insecurity are severe and they can last a lifetime.

Feeding America believes that investing in child nutrition programs is an investment in a healthier future. Several federal programs are targeted to provide children nutrition assistance both in and out of school, including The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and others. For more information about child nutrition programs, visit Feeding America’s Policy Center.

Want to do more? Take action now to help us advocate for a strong safety-net for children in need.