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


Explainer: What to Know About the Final “Public Charge” Rule

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will expand the definition of a public charge when determining eligibility for individuals applying for admission


Fact Sheet: Proposed SNAP Rule Will Overwhelmingly Harm Children and Their Family Members

| August 8, 2019 |

The Trump Administration recently proposed a rule that, if implemented, would make it harder for low-income families to put food on the table. The


Proposed Changes to SNAP will Overwhelmingly Harm Children

| July 23, 2019 |

Today, the Trump Administration has proposed yet another rule that will make it harder for families with children to put food on the table.


Child Nutrition Reauthorization Represents a Chance to End Summer Hunger

| June 26, 2019 |

Summer vacation is supposed to be the highlight of a child’s year. But for far too many children in the U.S., it is the


Stories of “Lunch-Shaming” Highlight Need for Free School Meals

| May 24, 2019 |

A slew of recent news stories are calling attention to the widespread problem of “lunch-shaming,” the practice of calling attention to, punishing, and stigmatizing


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2020 Budget on Child Nutrition Assistance

| April 16, 2019 |

The President’s Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20) budget includes several harmful proposals that would drastically cut and restructure domestic food assistance programs that serve


Fact Sheet: How the Proposed Snap Time-Limit Rule Will Harm Children

| February 1, 2019 |

View our fact sheet. The Situation As the nation’s largest federal food assistance program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the first line


Our Comments on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

| December 7, 2018 |

On December 7, 2018, First Focus submitted comments on the proposed public charge rule. In short, the administration’s public charge rule would lead to


The Proposed Public Charge Rule Will Make Children Hungrier

| November 16, 2018 |

When children don’t have enough to eat, it makes it harder for them to learn, grow, and thrive. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security


Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

| October 24, 2018 |

Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children