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Data-Driven, Laser-Focused on Kids

Child Nutrition Index

All our efforts are grounded in our proprietary Child Nutrition Index (CNI), a data tool that helps us isolate populations according to meal program and meal participation.

Minnesota’s children receive a fraction of the food available to them through federal meal programs.

We know precisely just how little they are getting through our CNI. This powerful tool enables us to focus on addressing hunger among Minnesota children identified as at-risk of going hungry.

We can then customize strategies and increase their participation by addressing underutilization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture food and nutrition programs.

CNI’s master database combines data from the the Minnesota departments of Education, Health, and Human Services in an unprecedented undertaking.

From this expansive database, we can pinpoint needs, their severity, and the corresponding federal reimbursement revenue potential. We can then make strategic and cost-effective decisions, funding requests, and our own investments.

Our independent evaluation partner, EnSearch, Inc., is responsible for creating the Child Nutrition Index, for the ongoing synthesizing and analyzing of data, and for validating our progress.

Reason for hope

Ensuring our children have adequate food and nutrition already has a sustainable solution: Improve access to and participation in U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food and nutrition programs for children in low-income households.

These programs provide nutritionally balanced meals for children in utero to age 18, and they are funded through federal program dollars that reimburse the states for their costs, effectively sustaining the programs for the long-term.

These meals are served to eligible children in childcare centers, schools, community centers, libraries, parks and homes.

See our Child Nutrition Index, By the Numbers





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