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What’s in the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act for Babies?

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ZERO TO THREE’s latest policy resource describes what is included for babies in the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act.

The Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act would reauthorize critical child nutrition programs including WIC, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, school meals, and summer feeding programs while making significant improvements to nutrition programs supporting infants, toddlers, and their families.

Nutrition is a vital part of healthy development for very young children – especially those under three and research shows that even mild levels of food insecurity in the first three years of life puts children at developmental risk. The provisions in the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act work to tackle food insecurity and access to strong nutrition for families head on by strengthening programs that are proven to have an enormous impact on babies’ development and parents’ ability to meet their basic needs.  

This resource describes what is included in the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, and digs into how the policies included would help families with young children.