Statement on New Census Bureau Poverty Data

Two reports released yesterday by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) provide new state and local income, income inequality, and poverty statistics. According to the report, Poverty: 2012 and 2013, which compares statistics from the 2012 and 2013 ACS, 15.8 percent of the U.S. population (48.8 million people) had income below the poverty level […]

Response to James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion Article

As pediatric researchers and clinicians, we lament the misunderstandings about food insecurity in James Bovard’s Wall Street Journal Opinion article How the Feds Distort Their ‘Food Insecurity’ Numbers.

Statement on USDA Report: Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

While volumes of medical research and years of practitioner experience all point to the critical period of brain and body development during the first few years of life, we continue to see rates of food insecurity among young children remain too high. This puts their health and development at risk, which can have long lasting […]

Community Eligibility Statement

Children’s HealthWatch encourages school districts to notify their state agencies before August 31, 2014 to opt in for Community Eligibility for the 2014-15 school year. Community Eligibility, a key provision in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, fills the prescription for food every day by ensuring communities serving low income children have the opportunity to offer free […]

Letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack Opposing Addition of White Potatoes to WIC Package

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will decide whether to allow special interests — rather than science — to determine which foods can be provided through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack, encouraging him to stand behind the scientific process of determining authorized foods for WIC and continue to exclude fresh white potatoes, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Children’s HealthWatch signs statement opposing efforts weaken federal child nutrition programs

Children’s HealthWatch joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and dozens of organizations to strongly oppose efforts to use the appropriations process to change or weaken federal child nutrition programs

Children’s HealthWatch Signs WIC FY2015 Appropriations Letter

Children’s HealthWatch joined the National WIC Association and dozens of organizations to urge Appropriations Committee Members in the House and Senate to support an FY15 funding level that assures no eligible applicants will be turned away; maintains current and anticipated WIC participation levels, assures adequate nutrition services and administration (NSA) funding, and responds adequately to forecasts of […]

Protecting Children and Families Who Are Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Instability in the Massachusetts FY’15 Budget

Children’s HealthWatch signed on to a letter alongside organizations working to address homelessness and housing instability in the Commonwealth.

Request for Level Funding of TAFDC in the Massachusetts FY15 Budget

Massachusetts State Representatives Kay Khan of Newton and Marjorie C. Decker of Cambridge cited Children’s HealthWatch research in a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman, Brian Dempsey, asking him to consider level funding for Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) in the FY15 budget.

Letters to USDA Secretary Vilsack and Senator Stabenow Opposing Addition of White Potatoes to WIC Package

Children’s HealthWatch submitted letters to USDA Secretary Vilsack and Senator Stabenow to express serious concern about potato industry lobbying efforts advocating that white potatoes be included in WIC food packages (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). Allowing special interest lobbying from the potato industry would encourage lobbyists for other foods to launch […]