Written Testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Support of Closing the SNAP Gap and Expanding Access to MassHealth

On July 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted written testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of the Senate Bill 761 and House Bill 1290, “An Act to streamline access to critical public health and safety-net programs through common applications.” By passing this bill and creating a common application portal so that […]


‘The effects will linger’: US kids’ long-term health in jeopardy after pandemic schooling

Originally posted on USA Today News. More kids going hungry The pandemic has deprived millions of children of school-related services that normally blunt the harm caused by poverty. From March to May 2020, students missed more than 1.1 billion free or reduced-price meals that would have been provided in school. Children who experience even occasional “food insecurity” […]


Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Withdrawal of Proposed Revisions by USDA and HUD

Children’s HealthWatch, a network of pediatricians and child health experts, celebrates the recent withdrawal of several previously proposed or finalized rules that threatened the health, well-being, and stability of children across the United States. Specifically, we applaud the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for taking action to revoke the proposed harmful revision of categorical […]


Comparing Food Security Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations When Choosing Measures

Food insecurity (FI) is a public health issue in the US. Over the past 25 years, national prevalence of food insecurity – encompassing both low and very low food security – has been consistently over 10 percent, and very low food security alone has persisted at over 3 percent. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic […]


A Hungry Child’s First Thousand Days

Originally posted on the Washington Monthly. Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician, experiences a troubling revelation whenever she sees a patient in the Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic. The clinic seems like a normal health-care facility in an advanced country, she notes: a waiting room, a medical assistant taking a child to be weighed and measured […]

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Childhood hunger before and after COVID

Originally published on SciLine. Food insecurity—a disruption in food access due to lack of resources—as much as doubled in the United States as result of COVID-19. But even prior to the pandemic, more than 10% of U.S. households suffered from insufficient food access, affecting 5.3 million children. SciLine’s latest media briefing covered the health and developmental effects of food insecurity for children, including when […]


Pandemic makes childhood hunger worse experts say; inadequate food threatens children’s health

Originally published on Fox 8. Hungry children are often unhealthy children. Dr. Deborah Frank is a physician who is part of Boston University’s School of Medicine. “Food is medicine,” said Dr. Frank. The organization SciLine assembled Frank and two other scientists to discuss childhood hunger in terms of before and since the pandemic. Dr. Eliza […]


Food insecurity seems to have risen during the pandemic. Why that’s critical for Philadelphia’s early learners.

Originally published on Chalkbeat Philadelphia. Felice Le-Scherban, assistant professor of epidemiology at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health and the principal investigator for the Philadelphia site of Children’s Healthwatch, said higher levels of food insecurity can affect early learners’ development. “Food insecurity among young children is associated with poor overall health, putting them at developmental […]


Watertown Public Schools keeps students fed amid growing food insecurity

Originally published on Wicked Local. The main federally funded options offered through states to combat long-term food insecurity at the individual level are the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Pandemic-EBT, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or WIC. Dr. Deborah Frank, a pediatrics professor at the Boston University School of Medicine […]


Pandemic EBT – Summer 2021 | Hear What They’re Saying

Originally published on U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. “Children of all ages need nutritious meals year-round to stay healthy and thrive. Unfortunately, every summer I meet families in my clinic struggling to afford food when their children are out of school. Access to meals is the best treatment for summer hunger. Summer P-EBT will ensure families […]