One in seven kids lives in hunger, while one in three are overweight or obese. We help kids focus in the classroom and make healthy choices by increasing access to healthy foods and nutrition education.
Sound nutrition is an established foundation for lifelong health: It promotes brain development, acts as a barrier to certain diseases, and positively affects mood and behaviors. Kids who are well-nourished are better able to pay attention in class and make responsible decisions.
But over 11 million children live in a food-insecure household—and that is only expected to grow due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most U.S. children consume as much as half their daily calories at school, making schools a crucial piece of the nutrition puzzle. Unfortunately, many schools are not equipped to optimize federal school meal programs, address food insecurity, and provide kids and their families the necessary awareness, knowledge and skills they need to make healthy food choices. In fact, students receive less than eight hours per year of nutrition education, well below the 40-50 hours needed to affect behavior change.
What is AFHK doing?
Our NourishEd program is a comprehensive approach to nutrition education and food access that includes strategies such as:
- Building strong family-school partnerships that help promote participation in federal school meals programs; encourage adoption of nutrition standards; and establish programs such as cooking clubs, taste tests, and other activities that boost healthy eating.
- Establishing school nutrition hubs through grant funds and technical support and implementation of federal child nutrition programs. A comprehensive nutrition hub is a school that participates in and maximizes at least three of the four child nutrition programs (National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program/Seamless Summer Option) and ensure children have the knowledge, skills and access necessary to consume a healthy diet.
- Awarding breakfast and emergency meal equipment grants that allow schools to feed kids outside of traditional meal service.
- Providing nutrition education to children and families through curricula, workshops, and parent leaders.
- Creating nutrition resources that anyone can use at home or at school to promote healthy eating.
How you can help:
Kids need us to be champions for their healthy development. Whether you’re a parent or caregiver, educator, or invested community member, you can play a part in giving kids the nourishment they need to succeed.
- Donate today to support our work providing grants, resources, and education to the school communities that need our help the most.
- Partner with us to bring optimal nutrition to even more schools and families.
- Learn more about how you can make an impact on meals and nutrition as a parent or caregiver.
- Explore our resources to see how you can inspire kids to eat healthy.
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