No child should grow up hungry in America, but 1 in 6 children struggles with hunger.
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, everyday.
- Nearly 20% - or 1 in 6 - children live in a food insecure household.
- The average SNAP benefit per meal is less than $1.80. Even the small amount of SNAP benefits that families receive for a short duration has significant impact on the healthy development of children and on the economy. For example, according to Children’s HealthWatch, young children in families who receive SNAP are less likely to be underweight or at risk for developmental issues compared to children in families that are eligible, but do not receive SNAP benefits.
- According to Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC) data, <18% of adults consume the recommended amount of fruit and <14% consume the recommended amount of vegetables. Increased attention to food environments in multiple settings, including child care, schools, communities, and worksites, might help improve fruit and vegetable intake, and thus help prevent chronic disease.
The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. Whether SNAP, WIC or other nutrition programs, Cooking Matters helps families make the most of the resources they have available. After a 6-week course, 68% of graduates are eating more fruits and vegetables, and 79% of Cooking Matters at the Store participants plan to utilize the skills they learned. Join us to share your strength and surround kids with healthy food every day.