2018 Children’s Budget Summit Highlights: It’s Time to Stop Shortchanging Our...

Last week, First Focus hosted the 2018 Children’s Budget Summit to introduce the 11th annual release of its signature publication, Children’s Budget 2018, which...

Food Insecurity Data Underscores Importance of Farm Bill for Children

New data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that the nation’s children continue to experience food insecurity at higher rates than the...

The Invisible Signs to Look for on the First Day of...

As we begin the school year, let’s not ignore the signs of poverty in the United States. Some families can afford to spend their...

Locals Pick Up Providing Summer Lunches Where Federal Program Leaves Off

At the entrance to the weathered Eagle Point trailer park, a blue and red sign proclaims “free lunch.” Down a steep concrete driveway are...

Migrant Children in Government Custody Deserve Healthy Meals and Adequate Nutrition

In the wake of the administration’s catastrophic and cruel zero tolerance policy at the southern border, advocates, policymakers and the public are demanding renewed...

The Stress of Poverty is a Serious Disease for Philly Kids

“Casserian engeri?” (“And how are the children?”) — Traditional Masai greeting. The most serious, non-infectious  disease in childhood, and the most common, is poverty. Despite economic gains...

The House Farm Bill Draft Would Make It Harder for Families...

Yesterday, the House Agriculture committee introduced its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. This major legislation authorizes the nation’s largest federal food assistance program—the...

Kids Will Pay the Price for USDA’s Push for “Flexibility” in...

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently amped up its push for “flexibility” in two food assistance...

School Lunch Program Takes a Step Backward

Since President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act in 1946, the United States has consistently tried to improve child nutrition. Until now. Within...

Back to the Future: Returning to Native Diets Drops Diabetes Rate...

NOME, Alaska — Megan Timm is trying to bring down western Alaska’s diabetes rate, one child and one smoked fish at a time. The manager...

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