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.


New USDA guidelines would boost children’s health

| February 3, 2023 |

Advocate applauds “long overdue” standards First Focus on Children applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its efforts to modernize federal nutrition standards for

Letter: Prioritize food & nutrition security for Americans

| December 13, 2022 |

First Focus on Children and The Education Trust jointly sent the following letter to President Biden and Ambassador Susan Rice thanking them for convening

Let’s ensure no child in the U.S. goes hungry and that every child has a safe and stable place to live

| November 15, 2022 |

This week marks Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, a time for action toward the goal of ensuring that no child in the U.S. goes

Kids and Covid Conversations Series: Education and Nutrition

Event April 27, 2022 |

Apr 27 2022 Ended Kids and Covid Conversations Series: Education and Nutrition

Policy Brief: The Biden Administration Public Charge Regulation —What does it mean for children in immigrant families?

| October 26, 2022 |

Approximately 1-in-4 children in the United States has an immigrant parent, and children of immigrants are the fastest-growing group of children in the United

Statement: Today’s White House hunger conference must outline clear solutions for children

| September 28, 2022 |

In anticipation of today’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement: “Today’s

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