Child Health and Hunger

Goal: All children have access to the health insurance and medical care they need to grow into healthy adults.

Keeping Children Healthy

Children’s Health

It is important for children and youth to have the necessary physical, social and emotional supports to build a foundation to achieve school success and become healthy, productive adults. ACNJ advocates to ensure that all NJ children grow up healthy with adequate health coverage, equitable access to physical, mental and oral health care. Economic stability, health care, safe and stable communities and healthy social and emotional capabilities are all critical components of healthy development. ACNJ advocates to support children’s educational success by calling for:

  • Access to effective health care in a timely manner for children, including mental, physical and oral health;
  • Stable funding for the remediation of lead found in housing and lead-related infrastructure projects; and
  • Healthy nutrition and food security for children

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Combating Childhood Hunger

In 2011, Advocates for Children of New Jersey launched the New Jersey Food For Thought Campaign, a statewide coalition committed to combating childhood hunger, now led by Hunger-Free New Jersey. This effective partnership of state agencies, health, wellness and education organizations, municipal government, child advocates, schools and others has resulted in a significant increase in the number of New Jersey children receiving school breakfast. The coalition is now working to combat childhood hunger by ensuring more kids have summer and afterschool meals.

Visit the website to learn more about the campaign and how you can make a difference in your own backyard.