School lunches from around the world... #ThisIsImportant pic.twitter.com/M2BRXIxoUsThe bottom line is that nutrition is a very important part of child development around the world. In the United States, free or subsidized school meals keep many children from low-income families from going hungry.
— Healthy Food (@ThatsNutrition) February 2, 2015
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That is why Bread for the World members around the country will be writing letters to their representatives and senators this year urging them to renew our federal government’s major child nutrition programs, including those for school meals, summer feeding, and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers along with their small children. Learn more about the 2015 Offering of Letters.
And while school meals are relatively effective in reducing hunger, there are many times (like summer and weekends) when children do not have access to nutritious food. "Despite their proven effectiveness, child nutrition programs are only useful when they reach the children who need help. In particular, programs targeting children during out - of - school times fail to reach far too many children in need of food assistance. Our nation could do much more to reduce child hunger and mal nutrition simply by reaching more children. The reauthorization of child nutrition programs in 2015 provides an important opportunity to improve access to and the quality of child nutrition programs," Feeding America said in a briefing paper on the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization efforts.