Renee's Round-up: State of Childhood Hunger

With schools now out for winter break, many kids are eagerly looking forward to plentiful holiday feasts, sweet treats, and maybe even a few presents. But with one in five children living in food-insecure households—often counting on school lunch as a major source of nutrition—winter break means missed meals for too many U.S. kids.

With that in mind, we’ve collected several recent reports and news stories highlighting the state of child nutrition and food insecurity in 2015.

Bread for the World Institute released its annual Hunger Report, which showed that childhood hunger increased in the last year—even as the poverty level stabilized and unemployment fell. The report concluded that “investments in early childhood development, including good nutrition, are essential to giving children growing up in poverty the best chance of achieving a healthy, productive life.”

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities synthesized recent research on the powerful short-term and long-term positive impacts of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, which replaced the food stamp program) for low-income families, and especially children.

Even when kids are getting enough to eat, they may not be getting the nutrition they need to grow and stay healthy. A recent Mother Jones story pulled back the curtain on the junk-food-funded health curriculum being taught to millions of elementary schoolers.

The UK-based newspaper The Guardian brought us the highlights from inside the Paris climate talks, where global food insecurity was on the agenda—touching on everything from soil carbon to food waste (which amounts to 1.3 billion tons per year).

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