Nutrition

One-fifth of children in America today live in homes affected by hunger. Children living with hunger cannot grow and thrive, and they certainly cannot focus on learning and classroom performance. The federal government can make real progress on child hunger and the related problem of childhood obesity. First Focus advocates for smart policies and real resources for proven initiatives like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the National School Lunch Program.

Resources


Feeding children shouldn’t be a political game

| February 20, 2024 |

With food insecurity rising and summer on the way, 14 states have rejected a program that would keep students fed while school is out.  


Comments on WIC Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022

| February 12, 2024 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Allison Post, Chief, WIC Administration, Benefits, and Certification Branch Policy Division, Food and Nutrition Service


No Child Should Go Hungry

| January 26, 2024 |

Child hunger does not have to exist. Incredibly, policies that could keep children from going hungry are staring lawmakers at the federal and state


Podcast: The Urgent Need to Protect WIC with Nell Menefee-Libey

| January 3, 2024 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby speak with Nell Menefee-Libey, public policy manager for the National WIC Association. The


Comments on Required Rulemaking on Personal Financial Data Rights

| December 18, 2023 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Rohit Chopra, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urging them to include Electronic Benefit


New data shows WIC reached only 50% of eligible moms & children

| November 3, 2023 |

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) ensures that millions of children receive the food and nutrition education they need


Fact Sheet: 2022 USDA Food Insecurity Report

| October 26, 2023 |

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its annual report on Household Food Insecurity in the United States, which details the harsh reality


Policy Brief: What the Farm Bill Means for Kids

| May 31, 2023 |

The Farm Bill is a multi-year law that governs all parts of the nation’s food supply with broad but often overlooked consequences for children.


Congress Must Protect TANF in debt ceiling talks

| May 16, 2023 |

Extensive research shows that tax credits and cash transfers influence positive parent-child interactions, improve child development outcomes, and have a bigger impact than any


Comments on Revisions to Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020 Daily Guidelines for Americans

| May 3, 2023 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to strongly support the proposed revisions to the