2017-03-03 National Governors Association

State Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

Governors recognize the critical importance of ensuring that school-age children have regular access to healthy meals. Studies show that when children do not have sufficient access to food, they do not do as well in school and are more likely to suffer from health issues. Federal child nutrition programs are important resources that help states increase children’s access to food and provide nutritionally balanced meals at low or no cost to eligible children. State Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger summarizes actions governors can take to help reduce childhood hunger in their states by drawing attention to the issue and implementing policy and programmatic changes to increase children’s participation in child nutrition programs.