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Child Nutrition Program
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics computed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, more than 400,000 New York City children – one in five of the city’s children – live in households that cannot afford enough food. The inability of families to afford nutritious food also adds to the city’s child obesity epidemic. There is enormous scientific evidence that these twin problems significantly hamper the ability of children to learn, and that poor nutrition leads to lower test scores, more visits to school nurses, and higher levels of tardiness and absenteeism. To be well read, children must first be well fed.