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


Free school meals are a clear win for children & families

| August 10, 2022 |

School nutrition is a vital part of a child’s education and their overall health, well-being, and development. Without the proper nutrients, students are more


Watch: Child Nutrition Policy 101 and Q&A with USDA Deputy Undersecretary Stacy Dean

| July 28, 2022 |

Food and nutrition insecurity among children, particularly children of color and children from low-income backgrounds, remains stubbornly high, and dietary diseases among children are increasing. The


A 101 Briefing on Child Nutrition Policy

Event July 26, 2022 |

Jul 26 2022 Ended A 101 Briefing on Child Nutrition Policy Please Join First Focus on Children and The Education Trust on July 26th


Comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey

| May 18, 2022 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Office of Management and Budget to stress the need for long-term access to frequent


Watch: Fixing the severed school lifeline

| April 28, 2022 |

In the chaotic onset of the coronavirus pandemic, school nutrition leaders appealed to the Trump Administration to let them handle the crisis as if


Comment on Child Nutrition Programs & Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium

| March 24, 2022 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Child Nutrition Programs: Transitional Standards for Milk,


New USDA guidance will curb the chilling effect of public charge

| January 24, 2022 |

Earlier this month, we were very pleased to see that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued


What’s at stake for kids if Congress doesn’t pass Build Back Better

| December 22, 2021 |

As negotiations have stalled and the fate of the Build Back Better Act hangs in the balance, children stand to lose access to monthly


Comments on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

| October 22, 2021 |

First Focus on Children co-led the following comment to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)


Statement: SNAP increase will strengthen food security for 15.8 million children

| August 16, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s revision of the USDA’s Thrifty Food