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


Comment on Proposed Revisions to Categorical Eligibility Provisions in SNAP

| October 16, 2019 |

On September 12th, 2019, First Focus on Children submitted the following comment opposing a proposed rule by the US Department of Agriculture that would


Census says: Tax credits, SNAP and other benefit programs work. So let’s make them stronger.

| September 20, 2019 |

The U.S. Census Bureau released annual data on child poverty in the United States on September 10 that shows benefit programs are particularly effective


Children’s Budget 2019

| September 10, 2019 |

First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 13th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication, a comprehensive analysis of how kids


New USDA Data shows that Children Cannot Afford to Lose SNAP Benefits

| September 5, 2019 |

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new data Sept. 4 showing a continued decline in food insecurity (uncertain access to enough healthy food.)


Model Comment: On Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in SNAP

| August 16, 2019 |

A proposed rule would essentially eliminate Broad Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE), a state option that allows states to streamline SNAP eligibility for families who


Explainer: What to Know About the Final “Public Charge” Rule

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will expand the definition of a public charge when determining eligibility for individuals applying for admission


Fact Sheet: Proposed SNAP Rule Will Overwhelmingly Harm Children and Their Family Members

| August 8, 2019 |

The Trump Administration recently proposed a rule that, if implemented, would make it harder for low-income families to put food on the table. The


Proposed Changes to SNAP will Overwhelmingly Harm Children

| July 23, 2019 |

Today, the Trump Administration has proposed yet another rule that will make it harder for families with children to put food on the table.


Child Nutrition Reauthorization Represents a Chance to End Summer Hunger

| June 26, 2019 |

Summer vacation is supposed to be the highlight of a child’s year. But for far too many children in the U.S., it is the


Stories of “Lunch-Shaming” Highlight Need for Free School Meals

| May 24, 2019 |

A slew of recent news stories are calling attention to the widespread problem of “lunch-shaming,” the practice of calling attention to, punishing, and stigmatizing