Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately burdened by our food system
Healthy foods often cost more and take more time to prepare, yet low-income households and people of color are more likely to earn less and work longer hours at multiple jobs.
Too many of our children are growing up in a food environment that promotes sickness instead of health. This lack of access to healthy foods is demonstrated by trends such as increased obesity and malnutrition, which are more present in children of color and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A recent study, found that 22 percent of Latino children and 20 percent of black children suffer with obesity, compared to 14 percent of white children.
Rates of free and reduced price lunch eligibility, a common proxy measure for students living in poverty, reached 68 percent among the largely urban Focus school districts. These are the children who depend on school food for more than half of their calories, making the quality of this food in terms of its wholesomeness all the more critical. Through our schools we have an opportunity to give these children healthy, good foods and potentially access to a healthier, happier life.
Today, with one in five children in poverty and two in five poor or near poor, meals provided at school are essential to the health of our nation. School Food Focus is committed to working towards positive, large scale change because we believe all children deserve better school food now.