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


Kids Will Pay the Price for USDA’s Push for “Flexibility” in Food Assistance Programs

| December 7, 2017 |

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently amped up its push for “flexibility” in two food assistance


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


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