The American Academy of Pediatrics, an influential nationwide organization of 64,000 pediatric professionals, is stepping up its efforts to help the 15 million children in this country who are hungry.
In New Jersey alone, hunger affects 1 in 5 kids — nearly 400,000. And, according to the AAP, children who suffer from food insecurity are more likely to have poor physical health and emotional problems.
The AAP now recommends that pediatricians screen children for food insecurity. The organization also urges pediatricians to familiarize themselves with community resources — including food banks — for families who struggle with hunger, and the organization wants its members to advocate for federal and state policies supporting those in need.
CFBNJ and Feeding America applaud the AAP for aligning with our mission to help the hungry.
Click here to find out more about what CFBNJ is doing to help people facing food insecurity.