Omaha Public Radio News
9:54 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Nebraska ranks low in number of children benefiting from school nutrition programs

Omaha, NE – A new report says one in seven Nebraska children are unsure of when they'll get their next meal.

The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest published the report on childhood nutrition. It says the state ranks 43rd when it comes to the number of children served by the Summer Food Program. Nebraska is 45th when it comes to the number of children who receive breakfast through the School Breakfast Program.

Kate Bolz is Community Educator for Nebraska Appleseed. She says a lack of good nutrition means poor performance in schools. She says it's also linked to higher rates of childhood obesity.

Nebraska Appleseed wants more startup grants for schools and nonprofit groups, as well as a change in eligibility guidelines for nutrition programs. You can read the report at www.neappleseed.org.