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Closing the Nutrition Gap for America’s Kids

Why are so many children undernourished in one of the richest countries on Earth?

Low-cost, high-calorie foods help kids avoid hunger. But they skimp on necessary nutrients.

Try tapping the word “rickets” into a smartphone and you may find that the autocorrect tool has other ideas. If you haven’t come across the word lately, it might be because the United States began to fortify foods with vitamins and minerals long before smartphones were invented, all in an attempt to eradicate conditions like rickets. However, deficiencies in some micronutrients, like iron and vitamin D, have persisted, even among children. That means for a significant number of American kids, malnutrition is still a reality.

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Tune In to Help Reduce Childhood Poverty

Over 46 million Americans, including 16 million children, live in poverty. In California, this affects more than one in five children.

Over 46 million Americans, including 16 million children, live in poverty. In California, this affects more than one in five children. And if you include children who live just above the poverty line, nearly half of the children in the state either live in poverty or perilously close to it. Childhood poverty is a crisis affecting millions in California.

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