NH DHHS - Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) joined the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire in releasing the New

Hampshire Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger, a systemic guide to tackling the

root causes of childhood hunger. The Roadmap was created through a

year-long effort by a diverse coalition of anti-hunger and child advocates,

business and community leaders known as New Hampshire Hunger Solutions. Key

staff from the WIC Nutrition Program and the Obesity Prevention Program at

DHHS participated in development of the guide over a period of one year.

The Roadmap was released at the Henniker Community School, where the work

of community partners and funders was recognized.

There is a critical need to address childhood hunger in the State, while

highlighting the steps outlined in the Roadmap to achieve lasting change.

The Roadmap is the first statewide plan of its kind in New Hampshire to

outline steps in the effort to end childhood hunger. The Division of Public

Health Services is committed to continuing the partnership with the

Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire to address availability of nutrition

benefits from food and nutrition resources like the WIC Program and to

collaborate with other federally funded nutrition programs in order to

improve access to affordable healthy food.

“Public health nutrition programs, such as WIC, the Commodity Supplemental

Food Program, and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, provide

connections for children and adults to the healthy food they need every

day,” said Dr. José Montero, director of the Division of Public Health

Services at DHHS. “When children are hungry, they are more likely to have

chronic health problems. Hunger also impedes their ability to learn and

succeed in school.”

According to the report, one in four cities in New Hampshire is at high

risk for food insecurity or the inability to access affordable healthy

food. One in five households with children experiences food insecurity. The

New Hampshire Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger recognizes the changes that

communities need to make to ensure that no child goes hungry. To review the

roadmap, go to

http://www.childrennh.org/web/Hunger%20Solutions/hunger_initiative.htm. To

learn more about the WIC Nutrition, Obesity Prevention, and Food Stamp

Programs go to www.dhhs.nh.gov