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


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Nutrition

| March 13, 2020 |

The President’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget includes several harmful budget cuts and policy proposals that would drastically undermine food assistance programs that serve


Coronavirus confirms why we need a national commitment to address child poverty and homelessness in the United States

| March 13, 2020 |

There is real momentum towards addressing the high rate of child poverty in the United States and the Coronavirus outbreak has only served to


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Health

| February 25, 2020 |

On February 10, 2020, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget proposal to Congress. The FY21 budget request totals $4.8 trillion for


What does the President’s budget say about how we value children?

| February 11, 2020 |

Yesterday, President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal that would impose massive cuts to critical programs that children and families rely on every


Statement: First Focus on Children’s Response to President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget

| February 10, 2020 |

The proposed budget released today by President Trump takes direct aim at the health and well-being of America’s children. According to the FY 2021


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children (Updated)

| February 6, 2020 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our children, who make up our future workforce and tax base.


Maternal and Infant Mortality: What Does the Data Tell Us and What Can We Do?

| November 18, 2019 |

The United States has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the developed world and they continue to rise. African-American women


Updated Model Comment: On Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in SNAP

| October 24, 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


Updated Comment on Proposed Revisions to Categorical Eligibility Provisions in SNAP

| October 24, 2019 |

On October 24th, 2019, First Focus on Children submitted the following updated comment opposing a proposed rule by the US Department of Agriculture that


Comment on Proposed Changes to SNAP Standard Utility Allowance Calculation

| October 23, 2019 |

On October 23, 2019, First Focus on Children submitted a comment to the US Department of Agriculture on a proposed rule to remove state