U.S. CHILDHOOD HUNGER: BY THE NUMBERS
- One in six U.S. children (12.5 million children) live in homes that can’t always afford enough food.
- While about 30 million children eat school lunches on a daily basis, only about half those children are provided school breakfasts.
- Less than one in five children who get school lunches receive government-funded summer meals.
- The federal WIC program saves lives by providing supplemental nutrition to low-income pregnant women and children under five years of age, but less than half of the eligible pregnant women, and less than half of the eligible children ages 1-4, receive this aid.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill – which passes Congress and is signed into law by the President roughly every five years – sets the eligibility qualifications, meal reimbursement rates, nutrition guidelines, and funding levels for school meals, after school snacks, summer meals for kids, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Call or write your two members of the Senate and your one U.S. House Representative to call on them, in the new Congress, to pass a Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill with large overall increases in funding, to ensure universal access to school lunches and breakfasts, summer meals, and WIC.