Topic: Child Nutrition

New FRAC Report Elevates Community Eligibility as a Key to Hunger-Free Schools

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

Participation in community eligibility — a powerful tool for high-need schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students while eliminating the need for families to fill out school meal applications — is growing across the nation, according to a new FRAC report released this month. Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools, School Year 2018–2019 shows that nearly 13.6 million children in nearly 28,500 schools across the country (64 percent of all eligible schools) are using the provision in the 2018–2019 school year.

Experts Share Key Data on WIC’s Importance and Strategies for Boosting Participation

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow

FRAC offered a look at the report during a webinar on May 6. The webinar featured Jamie Bussel, M.P.H, Senior Program Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician for Children’s National Health System and former President of the D.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Ginger Farineau, Nutrition Initiatives Manager of Hunger Free Vermont; Geri Henchy, FRAC’s Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs; Jim Weill, FRAC’s President; and Beverley Wheeler, Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions.

The President’s Groundhog Day Budget is Familiar and Devastating for Low-Income People

FRAC President

The President’s Groundhog Day Budget came out later than it is due to Congress, and after Groundhog Day, but is no less Groundhog-ish because it was late. Like Phil Connors (aka Bill Murray) in the film Groundhog Day, the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget is caught in a loop, repeating many of the worst ideas from past years when it comes to public policy for low-income Americans.

Filling the Spring Break Hunger Gap With Afterschool Meals

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

School districts, teachers, and students across the country are beginning to prepare for spring break even though snow still blankets the ground in many states. While many students welcome the break from classes, for many others spring break also means a break from the nutritious school meals and afterschool suppers and snacks they rely on to remain engaged, active, and healthy.

Fortunately, the Afterschool Meal Program, which is available through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), can provide meals at educational and enrichment programming sites after school and during weekends, school breaks, and holidays throughout the school year.