NIU Assistant Professor Priyanka Ghosh Roy along with Theresa Stretch of the Institute of Child Nutrition of the University of Mississippi, have updated The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position paper on federally funded youth nutrition assistance programs.
According to the paper “Child and Adolescent Federally Funded Nutrition Assistance Programs” in the August issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
“It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that children and adolescents should have access to safe and healthy foods that promote physical, cognitive, and social growth and development. Federally funded nutrition assistance programs, such as food assistance, meal service, and nutrition education, play a vital role in ensuring that children and adolescents have access to the foods they need and in improving the overall nutrition and health environments of communities.”
This paper updates the Academy’s 2010 paper with new statistics.
“”In 2016, an estimated 6.5 million (8.8 percent) children and adolescents in the United States lived in households with low income in which at least one child or adolescent was food insecure,” according to the paper. “Of these, 298,000 (0.8 percent) households experienced very low food insecurity where children or adolescents were hungry, skipped a meal or had no food for a whole day.”
The paper goes on to state: “Participation in the (federally funded) programs has significantly reduced food insecurity and low food security among households with low income.”
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.