Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. [i] Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.
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[ii] Gundersen, C., E. Engelhard, A. Satoh, & E. Waxman. Map the Meal Gap 2014: Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2014.
[v] Feeding America, Hunger in America 2014, National Report. August 2014.
[viii] DeNavas-Walt, C. & B.D. Proctor. (2014). Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013. U.S. Census Bureau.
[ix] Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2012. (2014). USDA FNS.
[x] National School Lunch Program: Participation and Lunches Served (2014). USDA, FNS.
[xi] Summer Food Service Program. (2014). USDA FNS.