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.

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Strengthening and Protecting SNAP

| September 30, 2017 |

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP- Ed) are two critical programs to combatting food insecurity for


Millions of Kids are Food Insecure, But Nutrition Programs Can Help

| September 13, 2017 |

No child should have to worry about whether his or her family will be able to afford to put food on the table. But


In the News: Lawmakers want federal measure to end ‘lunch shaming’

| August 14, 2017 |

First Focus Senior Director of Poverty and Family Economics Cara Baldari was interviewed for WKBN on August 11, 2017 speaking about the importance of schools


Summer: Where Learning Goes to Die

| June 28, 2017 |

Children should not be forgotten just because the school year ends, and they should not suffer learning losses because their parents cannot afford the


We Need Policies to Fight “Lunch Shaming”

| June 2, 2017 |

This past year, news outlets have exposed the act of “lunch shaming” in school districts across the nation. Stories of shaming kids for not


Child Hunger & Nutrition: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request

| May 30, 2017 |

On May 23rd, President Trump presented his budget request for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year.


OVERVIEW: Impact of the President’s FY 18 Budget Request on Children

| May 25, 2017 |

  President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 seeks massive cuts to critical programs that help American children and families. It


Trump Administration Should Nix Plans to Loosen School Nutrition Standards

| May 3, 2017 |

More than 53 million American children rely on school meals to meet their daily nutritional needs. Over the years, nutrition standards for school meals–set


Federal Spending on Child Poverty Meager, But Root Causes Must Be Found: Experts Agree

| March 2, 2017 |

YouthToday 3/2/17 By John Holland WASHINGTON — The war on poverty and an array of social welfare measures that followed over the last half-century


The Real Way to ‘Make America Great Again’

| January 23, 2017 |

This post originally appeared on Medium. Subscribe to the Voices for Kids publication on Medium. President Donald Trump rarely mentioned children’s issues through much