Childhood Hunger in the United States: An Unacceptable Reality

By Arturo Brito MD, President and CEO, Children’s Health Fund

Too many children in the United States know the pain of trying to fall asleep hungry.

Missing meals. Not knowing if their family will have enough money for food. Struggling to pay attention in school. Not having energy to play.

More than 7 million U.S. children experience these issues on a daily basis. They live in “food-insecure” homes with families lacking the resources to reliably feed everyone in their household with nutritionally adequate food.

Like other health inequities, children of color face even higher hunger rates: In 2020, Black and Latinx children were more than twice as likely to live in food-insecure households than non-Hispanic white children…

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