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No Child Should Grow Up Hungry

We are proud to welcome Share Our Strength as a whole child partner. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign aims to end childhood hunger in the United States. It connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.

What We Know

  • 1 out of 5 (16 million) kids in the U.S. struggle with hunger.
  • 62 percent of U.S. teachers regularly see kids who come to school hungry because they aren't getting enough to eat.
  • 10.6 million kids who are eligible for free or reduced-price school breakfast do not get it.
  • 19 million kids get a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day.

Why it's Important

  • Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
  • Undernourished children 0–3 years of age cannot learn as much, as fast, or as well.
  • Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child's ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
  • Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food to eat have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional, and academic problems and are more aggressive and anxious.

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Ending childhood hunger is possible. Share Our Strength sees a a future where kids have access to the healthy food they need, every day. Kids will get a healthy breakfast every day at school so they're ready to learn, and they won't have to worry about how they're going to eat when school is out for the summer, when the safety net of school meals isn't available to them. Rather than feeling the stress of food insecurity, kids will just be able to be, well, kids.

Find best practices and resources you can use to fight childhood hunger in your state.

 

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