An estimated 11.2 million U.S. children are at risk of hunger, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. For children, even brief periods of hunger carry consequences that may last a lifetime.
Child nutrition programs are an important safeguard against child hunger, yet too many children are left without the nutrition they need when they are out of school. Of the nearly 22 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school, only 3.7 million receive food assistance in the summer, leaving more than 18 million children behind.
Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, as well as the budget and appropriations processes, provide important opportunities to strengthen, streamline, and modernize federal child nutrition programs.
Tip: Personalized emails have the most impact. Add a note explaining why hunger is important to you.
Dear [ Senator / Representative ],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]