Child Nutrition Index

How Well Are We Feeding Our Children?

Hunger Impact Partners applied a synthesized, common sense approach to answering this fundamental question. That said, our approach is a unique departure from commonly held wisdom. Turns out, the answer is: Not well enough. But the solution to the problem is right here.

Rather than using the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture food insecurity surveys or the American Community Survey to get child hunger statistics, we looked at the numbers of Minnesota kids eligible for child nutrition programs as our base. We then determined the number of K-12 children certified as eligible to receive free or reduced price meals as well as the number of infants and children up to age 5 who are eligible for WIC. This data shows that nearly 500,000 Minnesotan children are eligible to receive meals through various federally funded child nutrition programs.

From here, we identified programs with the potential to deliver 217.7 million meals annually. Of those, we know that 105.9 million are already provided through these programs. But a possible 111.8 million meals are not. This is a major gap that can be addressed.

Hunger Impact Partners Goal: Reduce the meal gap by 30 million meals while increasing state revenue by $47 million