A projected 42 million people in the U.S. will experience food insecurity this year due to the pandemic’s economic impact, according to food bank networks like Children’s Hunger Alliance. Of these, an estimated 13 million are children. That’s a 20% increase from just two years ago.

Approximately 529,000 children across Ohio live in food-insecure households. That means 1 in 5 children are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. In 2020, Children’s Hunger Alliance helped provide 7.4 million nutritious meals and snacks to hungry children throughout the state of Ohio with grants from organizations like Community Health Foundation. It is their mission to ensure that children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity.

CHF’s grant helped fund a program called Extended School Break Meal Distribution for Underserved Clark County Youth and helped 550 students at Hayward and Lincoln Schools receive food bags for Spring Break in 2021. Additionally, each child got a bag of sports equipment, funded by Lily Infante Foundation.

Children’s Hunger Alliance has a team of 50 professionals throughout the state who are passionate about ending childhood hunger in Ohio’s 88 counties. Learn more about Children’s Hunger Alliance in Ohio at https://childrenshungeralliance.org/about-childrens-hunger-alliance/