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Permanently Expanding the Child Tax Credit Can Make Generational Change

Originally published on The Brink. In 2021, Congress used the American Rescue Plan Act to dramatically expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides tax credits based on income level […]

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Mid-year budget cuts prevent planned increase to MA cash assistance

Balancing budgets should not come on the backs of our poorest families.   Earlier this month, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced mid-year budget cuts that will prevent a planned increase to the […]

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An Apple a Day Won’t Even Be Affordable for Children if Critical Program Isn’t Funded

As Congress approaches yet another deadline to fund the government and its programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)—a program that provides healthy foods and […]

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WIC Needs Immediate Funding to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Children

This is an update to our blog from November 2, 2023. To read the original, click here. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a […]

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At a hospital’s teaching kitchen, patients get a taste of food as medicine

Originally published on Stat News. At Boston Medical Center, the birth of this health-enhancing showroom was largely fueled by the existing food pantry. The food pantry was started in 2001 […]

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WIC Needs Immediate Funding to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a vital program that supports the health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children. […]

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Investments Needed to Strengthen and Protect Safety Net Programs for Child and Family Health as Data Reveal a Rise in Food Insecurity Rates

In late October, the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service released their annual report revealing an alarming increase in food insecurity across all household types from 2021 to […]

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Development and Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale for Use in Clinical and Research Settings in the United States

Abstract Background Food insecurity (FI) prevalence was consistently >10% over the past 20 years, indicating chronic economic hardship. Recession periods exacerbate already high prevalence of FI, reflecting acute economic hardship. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch supports families by addressing food, housing insecurity

Originally published on CBS. BOSTON – Housing and hunger are two of the biggest issues plaguing vulnerable children across our country.  That’s according to the Children’s HealthWatch organization which has […]

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Subsidized meals in child care tied to healthier kids and families

Originally published on The Washington Post. Every day, more than 4.2 million children receive nutritious food and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federally funded, state-administered […]