We have plenty of food in the United States. The problem is that not enough kids are able to access it.
No Kid Hungry supports federal programs that feed kids – the most efficient, sustainable way to get food to hungry kids who need it. From school breakfast to summer and afterschool meals, we help launch and improve these programs in schools and communities nationwide, giving kids the fuel to reach their full potential.
Making breakfast part of the regular school day, just like lunch, has a powerful effect on kids. That's why we work with educators, political leaders and local nonprofits across the country to change the way schools serve breakfast.
Twenty-two million children in the United States rely on the free or reduced-price lunch they receive at school, and every one of them is eligible for free breakfast as well. However, just over half of them are getting breakfast, as millions miss out because of the way breakfast is served. We're working with schools to close that gap and get kids the breakfast they need to thrive.
Millions of kids rely on school for regular meals. But in the summer, those meals disappear. In fact, 6 out of 7 hungry kids don't get the summer meals they need.
No Kid Hungry gives community leaders the funding and know-how to start summer meals sites, where kids eat free, and we're advocating for needed changes to the national summer meals program.
Our texting service helps parents and caregivers find summer meals sites in their neighborhood. To date, more than one million families have used the service to find free meals for their children.
For many hungry kids, an empty pantry awaits them at home once the school day ends.
That's why No Kid Hungry helps launch and grow afterschool meals programs across the country, where kids can get nutritious afternoon meals in a safe, supervised location in their community.
The afterschool meals program is the newest and one of the fastest-growing meals programs in the country, but is still only reaching a fraction of kids in need. In 2017, schools served only 9% of the snacks and suppers kids need every day. With your help, we're working to change that.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income families with money to purchase food and is a lifeline to the families of 18 million children in the U.S.
SNAP is one of the most effective and efficient federal programs, as well as one of the most responsive, providing additional assistance to needy families during economic downturns and natural disasters. It's also one of the most-needed: 45 million Americans utilize SNAP to buy food each month, according to the USDA. Two-thirds of these benefits go to households with children.
In addition to SNAP, one of the most important and effective federal nutrition programs is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC benefits are primarily for children under the age of five or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. WIC serves 53% of all infants born in the United States, according to the USDA.
Through WIC, moms can get nutritious foods for their young children, as well as access to important services at WIC clinics, including nutrition education, counseling and referrals to local health and welfare agencies.