Food insecurity and paradoxically obesity are serious problems for the District of Columbia. In fact, one in eight households faces a constant struggle against hunger. More than 70 percent of students in D.C. public and public charter schools qualify for free meals. Children who lack consistent access to nutritious foods are more likely to be in poor health and suffer from nutrition related diseases such as obesity. Poor nutrition also negatively impacts school readiness and future career success as hungry children have difficulty focusing, miss more days of school, and score lower on standardized assessments.

Food insecurity and paradoxically obesity are serious problems for the District of Columbia. In fact, one in eight households faces a constant struggle against hunger. More than 70 percent of students in D.C. public and public charter schools qualify for free meals. Children who lack consistent access to nutritious foods are more likely to be in poor health and suffer from nutrition related diseases such as obesity. Poor nutrition also negatively impacts school readiness and future career success as hungry children have difficulty focusing, miss more days of school, and score lower on standardized assessments.

Food insecurity and paradoxically obesity are serious problems for the District of Columbia. In fact, one in eight households faces a constant struggle against hunger. More than 70 percent of students in D.C. public and public charter schools qualify for free meals. Children who lack consistent access to nutritious foods are more likely to be in poor health and suffer from nutrition related diseases such as obesity. Poor nutrition also negatively impacts school readiness and future career success as hungry children have difficulty focusing, miss more days of school, and score lower on standardized assessments.