No Kid Hungry LA Priorities Released!
3.16.2011 More than 17 million American children donâ€™t have reliable access to the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives, including more than 1 million at risk of hunger right here in Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles children are not hungry because there is a lack of food or because of a lack of food and nutrition programs. They are food insecure â€“ and at risk of obesity â€“ because they face poverty and aren't served by nutrition programs in schools, at child care centers, and in their communities.
Across Los Angeles County, more than 1 million children and teens qualify for free and reduced-price school meals â€“ an important indicator of need, yet approximately 300,000 (30 percent) donâ€™t participate in the breakfast program.
More than 55,000 (50 percent) infants and toddlers are in family child care homes that donâ€™t participate in the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), a federal nutrition program that subsidizes healthy meals for low-income children. More than 125,000 other children attend family day care centers that are eligible for but donâ€™t participate in CCFP. And, 80 percent of preschool children are in care settings that donâ€™t meet all of the national nutrition standards called for by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Read more about the No Kid Hungry Los Angeles Campaign, including the Campaigns first year objectives.Â PDF
For more information contact CFPA's No Kid Hungry LA Campaign Coordinator, Nicola Edwards at 213-482-8200.