We know how to fix the problem of childhood hunger, and we have an opportunity now to build a prosperous future for us all by doing that.
Over the past century Americans have built marvelous networks and systems of infrastructure that are necessary to our economy and quality of life. Through creativity, inventiveness, ingenuity and hard work we have made our country a model of success in many areas. For example, we have built a national power grid, telecommunication systems, water systems, transportation systems, and internet systems that are peerless, to list just a few. But we have not yet updated our food system to bring it fully in line with 21st century knowledge and needs.
This report summarizes results of research completed by Children’s HealthWatch (formerly the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP)), and by many other researchers, on the impacts of food insecurity and hunger on children’s health, growth and development.
A large body of research literature, amassed over the past two decades, shows clearly that food insecurity and hunger together with other correlates of poverty, can dramatically alter the architecture of children’s brains, making it impossible for them to fulfill their potential.
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