2018-06-27 National Governors Association

Hunger & Food Insecurity

Governors have an opportunity to work with their agency leadership to improve policy options and program options to improve access to food, and to encourage cross-agency collaboration to invest in the multifaceted components of a longer-term, comprehensive effort to reduce hunger.

Reducing Childhood Hunger

Governors recognize the importance of ensuring that school-age children have regular access to healthy meals. We know that children who do not have sufficient access to food do not do as well in school and are more likely to suffer from health issues. When children struggle with hunger, it affects brain development, behavior, overall health, and ultimately, academic achievement and performance.