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The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force envisions that in a state as abundant as Idaho hunger will not exist and works to put public and private resources into action statewide in order to eliminate hunger and provide food security for all Idahoans.
Welcome to the fourth issue of Food Insecurity and Hunger in the U.S.: New Research, a periodical created by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Children’s HealthWatch.
Now that autumn is here and students across the country have returned to school, the IN FOCUS article for this issue examines food insecurity among adolescents and college students. The NEW RESEARCH section highlights nine recent studies related to food insecurity, including several large studies and literature reviews on food insecurity in the U.S., as well as studies on food insecurity in childhood and pregnancy.
Transition to Adulthood: Food Insecurity among Adolescents and College Students
Much attention has been given to the detrimental impacts of food insecurity on the health and well-being of children, especially young children. Less research has focused on food insecurity among adolescents and college students, who are in a period of transition often marked by dramatic physical, cognitive, and emotional growth. This article explores the effects of food insecurity on the health and well-being of adolescents and college students during these two defining stages in life. More...
May 7, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Many schools in Idaho have a new option for lunch. They can offer lunch and breakfast to all students free of charge - if they are high-poverty schools.
Colleen Fillmore, director of the state Education Department's Child Nutrition program, said the so-called Community Eligibility Provision has been tested in other states, and one thing administrators appreciate is eliminating families' applications for free and reduced-price lunches. Also there's no need for cash boxes or lunch accounts.
"Any time you look at something, the pros and cons, this is a 'pro.' It absolutely decreases the paperwork," she said.
The definition of "high poverty" is that 40 percent or more of students have been identified as living in low-income households through other programs. Schools are reimbursed for the costs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schools that implemented the program in previous years saw breakfast and lunch participation increase by up to 25 percent.
Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, said paperwork isn't just onerous for schools; it also can keep children out of the lunchroom. This new way of managing cafeterias welcomes all students, without stigma for those singled out as "poor."
"This provision allows high-poverty schools to offer nutritious breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge," she said. "Remembering that it's high-poverty schools, we know that these families are struggling to put food on the table at home."
All high-poverty schools in the country can implement the program this year. Gardner estimated that about one-third of all schools in Idaho qualify.
Details on CEP for Idaho are online at sde.idaho.gov.
Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID- See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-05-07/hunger-food-nutrition/new-option-for-many-id-schools-lunch-without-the-paperwork/a39205-1#sthash.Y6tLffgw.dpuf
The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our work by the Food Research and Action Center, Mazon and Share our Strength.
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