Kids need our support in school and through community programs. But they need our support most at home.
The No Kid Hungry campaign helps parents feed their kids by protecting critical programs like SNAP and WIC - and increasing the number of children enrolled in them. We advocate for stronger federal laws and benefits, and work with state agencies to make enrolling easier and more dignified for families.
“We wouldn’t be as healthy without SNAP,” said Abbey Swanson, a teacher and mother of three from Minnesota. "With SNAP, we can buy fresh fruit. We can go to the store once a week and get things that are healthy for us, not just to fill our bellies, but to actually be healthy people. And to be able to give my kids fruit every day and veggies every day, that’s so important.”
Some of the ways we work to help kids and families:
- Improving access to existing meals programs. National programs like SNAP and WIC exist to help children and families get the food they need. No Kid Hungry is working to make sure more families are enrolled in these critical programs - including immigrant families and others who may not be aware of them.
- Reaching kids at the pediatrician’s office. Doctors can be great ways to reach children and parents. No Kid Hungry is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to increase the number of pediatricians screening children for food insecurity and finding ways to include nutrition programs into child wellness visits, housing services and school-based health care.
- Helping kids at child care centers. We’re also working more closely with businesses and community groups providing child care, ensuring that they’re screening kids for food insecurity - and referring their families to resources if they need help.
- Providing food skills education. We offer resources to help parents and caregivers shop for and cook healthy meals, from YouTube videos with tips to an online library of easy, budget-friendly recipes. (We once offered this work through our Cooking Matters program, which is no longer active.)