NO CHILD SHOULD GROW UP HUNGRY
The No Kid Hungry Kentucky campaign is a partnership between Share Our Strength and Kentucky Association of Food Banks committed to ending childhood hunger in Kentucky by ensuring kids get the food they need.
Together with the Kentucky Department of Education, state leaders and community partners, we work to end child hunger in the Commonwealth by increasing awareness and participation in the School Breakfast Program, the Community Eligibility Provision, the Summer Meals Program, and the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program.
Many Kentucky families are struggling to meet the basic household needs – more than 68% of SNAP participants in Kentucky are families with children. (What does food stamps (SNAP) have to do with it?) For 1 in 5 Kentucky kids, meals served through these programs may be the most consistent nutritious meals they receive.
School breakfast changes lives. Kids who eat school breakfast miss less school, do better in math and are
20% more likely to graduate from high school. Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast helps students achieve success in the classroom and beyond. breakfast.One of the most effective ways to significantly boost school breakfast participation is to make it part of the school day – that’s why we help schools implement Breakfast after the Bell . We also help schools connect to federal programs that allow them to offer breakfast for free to all students, ensuring more kids are starting the day with a
children experiencing food insecurity. Of the 500,000+ kids that receive free lunch during the school year, only 1 in 12 have access to a free meal during the summertime. We are trying to change that. Summer meals served at schools and community centers can help. By promoting summer meal sites across Kentucky, supporting mobile meals that get food to more communities and encouraging the serving of Kentucky-grown produce, we are ensuring kids have access to healthy, nutritious food year-
No kid should go home hungry. Healthy meals and snacks served after school can make all the difference. Afterschool meal and snack programs allow educational and enrichment programs to provide kids with the nutrition they need. We work to promote afterschool meals and work with schools and community organizations to maximize participation in afterschool meal programs.