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18,000 Schools Choosing to Become Hunger-Free

April 7, 2016

More than 18,000 schools in high-poverty neighborhoods across the country have adopted community eligibility this school year, which allows them to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge without collecting and processing individual applications.  A ...


Honoring Mothers by Helping Them Feed Their Children

May 7, 2015

One way to honor mothers as we approach Mother’s Day is to protect and strengthen the federal child nutrition programs, which help millions of mothers feed their children and are up for renewal this year. 

I testified at a Senate hearing today on ways to improve...

Mother and Child in Grocery Store

WIC: Critical Support at a Critical Period of Life

March 16, 2015

As we explained this morning, evidence continues to mount that lack of adequate food, stable housing, health care, and other essentials in infancy and early childhood can affect children’s brain development, with long-term consequences for their physical, mental, academic, and economic well-being...

TANF in the States - Mother and Child

Could Your School District Streamline Its Breakfast and Lunch Programs?

February 25, 2015

Community eligibility supports Congress’ longstanding goal of reducing paperwork for high-poverty schools by enabling them to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without collecting and processing individual meal applications.  In its first year of nationwide implementation, more than 14,000 high-poverty schools serving more than 6.6 million children have adopted the option...

WIC Works, Without Congress’ Meddling

February 11, 2015

A central tenet of the WIC program is that the foods it provides to millions of low-income mothers should reflect a rigorous, science-based review of nutritionally important foods that participants’ diets tend to lack.

In December, Congress took the unprecedented and irresponsible step of...

TANF in the States - Mother and Child

Potato Mandate Overrides WIC’s Science-Based Policy

December 15, 2014

In requiring the WIC nutrition program to add white potatoes to the foods it provides, Congress last week pandered to industry lobbyists rather than prioritizing the nutritional needs of low-income women and very young children.

Study after study shows that WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) improves birth outcomes and participants’ diets...

High-Poverty Schools Using New Tool to Streamline Meal Programs

December 9, 2014

Half of the high-poverty schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision, which became available nationally this year, adopted it to streamline their meal programs and free up resources for other education priorities, the Agriculture Department (USDA) announced today....

Shielding Homeless Children From Hunger

December 1, 2014

More than 1.2 million children attending public school lack a home of their own, my colleague Douglas Rice recently noted.  They also are at greater risk of...

Schools Can Do Even More to Shield Children From Hunger

September 8, 2014

As students begin a new school year, U.S. Department of Agriculture data confirm that too many children — nearly 16 million — live in families that continue to struggle to afford adequate food, known as “food insecurity.”  While many parents in these households can shield their children from hardship, in more than half of them,...

Community Eligibility: A Proven Tool to Address Child Hunger

July 14, 2014

Many school districts across the country are adopting community eligibility — which allows high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge without having to process meal applications — to support their students’ health and learning.  Some eligible districts are...