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Advocacy

All across the country, No Kid Hungry is working to make sure kids are able to get the food they need, every day.

One of the most important ways we do that is by being advocates for children - working with elected officials and government agencies to strengthen and improve access to the nutrition programs that help feed hungry kids.

Some of the policies we helped deliver during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • An increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits of 15%, about $25 per month for working families.

  • A “Pandemic EBT” program that provided emergency food benefits of about $7 per child for each day when school buildings were closed.

  • Waivers to government rules that normally restrict how schools can feed kids.


“Those waivers really helped us,” said Rebekah Cain, chief operating officer for FirstLine Schools in New Orleans. “Allowing parents to pick up food without a child there, which is new for us in food service, was incredibly helpful in ensuring that parents felt safe coming out and getting food for their kids.”

What’s Next?

As we work to help kids, families and communities recover from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic over the next year, our focus is on:

  • Strengthening SNAP to help parents feed their children.

  • Modernizing the national summer meals program, especially for children in rural and hard-to-reach communities.
  • Increasing the reach of nutrition programs so communities can help more kids more effectively.


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