Child Hunger

parent and child holding handsEvery parent worries about what their child eats and whether they’re eating enough. But for parents struggling to provide for their families that worry is all too real.

Child hunger programs that are both functional and easily accessible go a long way toward helping you save money – money that you can use for household expenses, transportation, and other necessities.

Below are some of the government-funded programs that can make all the difference for a hungry child. Many of their requirements are relaxed now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having trouble accessing any of the programs below? Just Harvest can help.
Call us Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) at (412) 431-8960 option 3.
Leave a message and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Due to high call volume, that may be as many as 5 business days.

WIC

Are you a pregnant woman or the parent or guardian of young children? Women Infants and Children (WIC) benefits can provide you with nutrition counseling, supplemental food, breastfeeding support, farmers market vouchers, and referrals for health care, community services, and immunizations.

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FOOD STAMPS

Are you having trouble putting food on your table? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit (known as “food stamps”) can help you buy the nutritious food that you need to keep your family healthy.

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SCHOOL MEALS

Are you struggling to cover the costs of your child’s weekday breakfasts or lunches? Many schools have been closed or parents are opting for virtual instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn’t mean kids in struggling families should have to go without nutritious daytime meals.
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  • As part of your food stamp application process, you can also apply for free or reduced-price school lunch and breakfast for your child. However, thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Provision, many local public schools now provide those meals for free to all of their students – no application is required. If you’re wondering whether you’re child’s school has Community Eligibility for free school meals, ask them.

You can also check with your child’s school district for Grab and Go Meals locations and hours.

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