STATEMENT: Share Our Strength’s Jason Gromley on Making Sure Every Child Has Access to Meals

Every child in America deserves access to three healthy meals a day,” says Gromley.

Contact: Johanna Elsemore, 

WASHINGTON, DC — In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will interpret the existing prohibition on discrimination based on sex in the federal nutrition programs to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The following is a statement from Share Our Strength Director Jason Gromley:

“Every child in America deserves access to three healthy meals a day. One in six kids in our nation, however, lives in a family that struggles with hunger. School meal programs play an important role making sure kids get more of the nutrition they need to thrive in and out of the classroom. 

“The federal child nutrition programs have a long history of prohibiting discrimination based on protected categories such as race, sex or disability. The explicit inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity is another step toward protecting all kids.

“We urge elected leaders from both parties to work together constructively to ensure that every child can get the food they need to thrive.”


About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.