Georgia ranks 5th worst in the country when it comes to the rate of child food insecurity. The state is also saddled with one of the nation’s highest levels of food insecurity for people of all ages. Georgia also has one of the ten highest usage rates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Children make up almost half of Georgia’s SNAP recipients. The session will give an “on-the-ground” perspective that explains the importance of nutrition programs to children and ways policies can be implemented or changed to mitigate child hunger in Georgia and across the country.
Nonprofit and government workers concerned with anti-hunger issues will be especially interested in a status report on legislation filed in 2013 threatening cuts to SNAP benefits..
- Crystal FitzSimons, Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs, Food Research and Action Center
- Julia Koprak, Project Manager, The Food Trust
- Pam Tatum, President and CEO of Quality Care for Children