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Blog: Child Nutrition Briefing - "the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced..."

Sep 21, 2010 | By Laura Quigley, NETWORK Intern

This morning, Casey and I attended a briefing about child nutrition reauthorization that was sponsored by Feeding America, a network of over 200 food banks that operate throughout the country. I have to say, it was probably the most disheartening 45 minutes I have experienced during my time as an intern at NETWORK. Read more

Blog: We Need to Help the Children

Sep 08, 2010 | By Casey Schoeneberger

I had the opportunity to tag along to a press conference this past Friday with NETWORK Lobbyist, Sr. Marge Clark. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Arne Duncan of the Department of Education announced the creations of Connecting Kids to Coverage, a national coalition to enroll uninsured children in vital healthcare programs. Read more

Blog: Summer Starts, and So Does Childhood Hunger

Jun 21, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

As today marks the first day of summer, we have many things to look forward to—lazy afternoons at the pool, ice cream trucks, family barbeques, fireworks, and my favorite fruit—watermelon. But for many children in the nation, today marks the beginning of a summer filled with hunger. Read more

Nutritious Food

Though millions of children in the United States suffer from food insecurity, a third of all children in the nation are obese or at risk of being obese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2008, only one state, Colorado, had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. These statistics present a seemingly great paradox. The high prevalence of obesity cannot simply be attributed to over-consumption of food, but rather the unavailability of healthy, nutritious food.

Farm-to-School Programs

As the U.S. Bishops remind us, “A key measure of every agricultural program and legislative initiative is whether it helps the most vulnerable farmers, farmworkers, and their families and whether it contributes to a global food system that provides basic nutrition for all.” (USCCB, “Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers”)

Rural family farmers have been struggling in recent years due to the industrialization of the food industry by major corporations.

Child Nutrition


Current State of Child Nutrition in the United States

Nearly one in four children in the United States is at risk of hunger.  Of the 46.2 million SNAP participants, nearly half are children and 75% are families with children.

A hungry child will have more trouble fighting off sickness, have problems focusing in school, and are less likely to graduate from high school.

Blog: My Meeting with Secretary Thomas Vilsack on Child Nutrition

Jun 17, 2010 | By Marge Clark, BVM

With five loaves and two fishes in our midst, Secretary Vilsack met with 21 faith leaders, ministers from the around the country and from D.C. faith-based advocacy groups. Read more

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