The Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger by 2015 was published by the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), a coalition of the leading secular and faith-based organizations working to end hunger in the United States. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans experienced food insecurity in 2009, including 17 million children. This represents nearly one in four American children1.
One of the key strategies for ending childhood hunger recommended in the Roadmap was to increase access to and participation in federal nutrition programs. The Obama Administration did respond to this recommendation. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided an average SNAP household with approximately $80 in additional income each month. The Administration and Congress also passed legislation containing important improvements and expansions to the child nutrition programs contained in the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. This was also a key recommendation of the Roadmap.
NAHO recognizes that hunger cannot be ended without increasing other supports systems needed by low income households. So, additional steps are recommended, including: