The President's 2008 pledge: to end U.S. child hunger by 2015

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Publication: Daily Kos

“Food deprivation in the world’s wealthiest nation is not only morally unacceptable, but it also severely hampers children’s emotional, intellectual, and physical development, and it strongly hinders the upward mobility of their parents. Not only is ending child hunger a prerequisite for halving poverty, it is essential if the President wants to achieve his other major goal of improving public education. Because food insecure families are often forced to obtain cheaper food that is less nutritious, hunger and obesity are flip sides of the same malnutrition coin.  The First Lady’s anti-obesity goals can only be achieved if all children have consistent access to nutritious, affordable food. Child hunger costs the U.S. economy at least $28 billion per year because poorly nourished kids perform less well in school and require far more long-term health care spending. Yes, ending child hunger will require additional government funding, along with dramatically expanded public-private partnerships. But solving the problem will cost far less than not solving it.”

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