Supporting Food Sources
Not having enough of the right foods can have serious effects on a child’s physical and mental health, as well as academic achievement. Through Healthy Kids, Healthy Families®, we’re working to address the impact of hunger in our communities.
In the United States, more than 12 percent of households are food insecure.* This means that families struggle to afford enough food for all members living in the household. Sometimes this is temporary, but for others, the lack of money or other resources is sustained. And while food insecurity affects people of all ages, proper nutrition is an essential part of a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of foods can have serious effects on a child’s physical and mental health, as well as academic achievement.
Working to address the impact of hunger in our communities, we partnered with 23 local food banks and nonprofit organizations across our five states in 2016. These partners helped us distribute more than 2.6 million pounds of food to feed more than 509,000 adults and children.