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New Program Aimed at Feeding Hungry LA Kids

March 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Actor Jeff Bridges and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are among those who will be on hand today in Los Angeles to kick off the Share Our Strength "No Kid Hungry" campaign. The private-public partnership is designed to connect more Los Angeles children to school breakfast and child care nutrition programs.

The countywide effort aims to enroll more than 600,000 children and teens in those programs. Matt Sharp of California Food Policy Advocates says kids not having enough to eat has a devastating impact on the educational process.

"Lack of school breakfast is directly associated with students being unprepared to learn and often, being referred to the nurse's office."

Currently more than 70 percent of children who are eligible don't participate in school breakfast programs. The "No Kid Hungry" goal is to increase participation in school breakfast by 10 percent in the first year, primarily through building on "BreakfastFirst," an initiative to encourage schools to drastically increase school breakfast participation.

Sharp says the problem of childhood hunger requires a number of public and private groups working together with a simple goal – to feed more kids.

"This campaign will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders to make sure that we can solve this problem, which we can only do together."

Share our Strength, with support from Walmart, is investing more than $250,000 in the first year of the Los Angeles area campaign.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - CA