The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities have posted 2 recent blogs highlighting research showing how important SNAP (food stamps) and WIC are for children, many of whom face the dual risks of poverty and food insecurity. One in five children live in poverty; one in six live in families that have trouble putting enough food on the table.
Nutrition assistance programs play an especially important role for young children, whose brains are rapidly developing. Unfortunately, young children are likelier to live in poor and food-insecure families than older children and are particularly vulnerable to the impact. SNAP and WIC serve all eligible families that apply, so they reach a large share of very young children — nearly one in three children under age 5. Their nutritional support lessens the impact of hardship in early childhood and improves health and economic stability into adulthood.
Read SNAP and WIC Help Young Children Now and in the Future