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


New data shows a surge in pandemic-induced hunger among children

| September 17, 2020 |

New federal data show that child hunger — already high in 2019 — has soared as families struggle to put food on the table during


USDA Extends School Nutrition Waivers, Easing Child Hunger

| September 3, 2020 |

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, nearly 14 million children have been living in food-insecure households. School closures have exacerbated the


Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass Additional Relief for Struggling Children and Families

| August 10, 2020 |

Given recent spikes in COVID-19 caseloads, an economic crisis that continues to deepen, and an upcoming school year faced with daunting challenges, it is


Comment on the continuation of the Household Pulse Survey

| July 31, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Office of Management and Budget. Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States


Senate Must Use the Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Feed America’s Hungry Kids

| July 16, 2020 |

Before COVID-19, 11.2 million children lived in a food-insecure household. The dual public health and economic crises caused by the pandemic have only exacerbated


Why kids need drug money

| June 16, 2020 |

Kids are at risk of being short-changed, again. Over the next two years, courts are expected to award billions of dollars in drug company


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


Comment: Proposed change to National School Lunch & Breakfast Program would weaken school nutrition standards

| April 22, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements


Building a Better America and World for Our Children

| April 21, 2020 |

We are living in a life-changing moment where it is clear that the future will look quite different than we had imagined. We are


The COVID-19 Crisis Is Catastrophic for Children Too

| April 4, 2020 |

This is likely a once-in-a-generation disaster, and it will affect every domain of human life. It will be traumatic. And trauma always falls hardest