NH Hunger Solutions: Creating a Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger
Submitted by Champion, Ken Jue, Chair, Board of Directors, Children’s Alliance of NH
As with the rest of our country, New Hampshire has seen a disturbing increase in households with children experiencing food insecurity. There has been a doubling of NH households with this problem, or one out of every five households is now living with this issue. New Hampshire has also experienced an increase in the rate of poverty from 6% to 11%. Nutrition deficiency negatively affects mental and emotional health, educational performance and social interaction, and food insecurity is tied to children being overweight and becoming obese due to the low quality of food available. Our state lacks a statewide coordinated effort to address food issues facing our families. The Carsey Institute of NH recently conducted a food access map project where it found that 57 of 234 NH cities and towns are at highest risk due to a deficit of food sources. Most of these 57 communities are in the northern and western parts of the state, where retail resources and public food programs are more limited.
NH Hunger Solutions partners have created a roadmap to eliminate food insecurity among our children. The roadmap seeks to affect state policies to increase access to food, strengthen NH food systems and ensure economic security for our state’s families. Read the roadmap and then use it to ensure that all NH children have three healthy meals daily.