Administration's Guide for Ending Child Hunger Omits Mention of Child Poverty

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November 1, 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published the Obama Administration's "Stakeholder Guide" to end childhood hunger by 2015. The guide advocates for increasing the rate at which eligible children participate in Food Stamps and other child nutrition programs. While this is a praiseworthy goal, children in food insecure families suffer from hunger not because they lack nutrition programs - in fact, most of these children already participate in Food Stamps and/or related programs - but because their family's income is too low.

While President Obama's anti-hunger campaign recognized poverty as the "primary cause of hunger" - and the USDA reiterated these sentiments - the Stakeholder Guide makes no mention of child poverty.

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Tim Casey



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