Making School Breakfast a Priority!

Starting the school day off strong begins with making sure students have a healthy breakfast and research shows it gets results. Students who eat breakfast, including at school, perform better academically. School breakfast promotes better attendance, concentration, alertness, memory, comprehension and learning. In Maine, nearly half of all school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school … More Making School Breakfast a Priority!

How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids

As many as 60,000 Maine children – almost 1 in 4 – live in food insecure households. Fortunately, federal meal programs improve access to healthy food for school-aged children and children in participating child care programs, so they can play, learn and grow. We know that federal meal programs are effective strategies in reducing child … More How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids

Just One Click: Increasing Participation & Access to CACFP

This week the Maine Children’s Alliance is submitting testimony to support LD 1472, Resolve, To Enhance the Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by Creating Clear Guidelines for Organizations and Streamlining the Application Process. This blog post was adapted from the testimony of Clare Berkowitz, MCA Executive Director. As I sat down to … More Just One Click: Increasing Participation & Access to CACFP

One More Snack: What the U.S. Senate Child Nutrition Bill means for Maine kids

In Maine, over 60,000 children live in food insecurity. This means that an estimated one out of five children do not know where they are getting their next meal. As a result, many Maine children in families rely on programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide healthy meals and snacks … More One More Snack: What the U.S. Senate Child Nutrition Bill means for Maine kids