Submission #14658

NH Hunger Solutions
Erika Argersinger
Policy Director
New Hampshire Kids Count
Obesity, Childhood hunger
From infants (<1 year) to teenagers (>13-18)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield New Hampshire
Brookside Congregational Church, Manchester
Center for Rural Partnerships, Plymouth State University
Child & Family Services
Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties
Conservation Law Foundation
Every Child Matters
Granite United Way
Healthy Eating Active Living NH (HEAL NH)
Keene State College, Dietetics Internship Program
Merrimack Valley Daycare Services
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
New England Farmers Union
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Program Support: Bureau of
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Family Assistance
Division of Public Health Services, Obesity Prevention*
Division of Public Health Services, WIC Nutrition Program*
New Hampshire Farm to School Program
New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute
New Hampshire Food Bank*
New Hampshire Grocers Association
New Hampshire Housing Authority
New Hampshire Kids Count*
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
School Nutrition Association of New Hampshire
Seacoast Eat Local
Seacoast Family Food Pantry
Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation
Southern New Hampshire Services*
Southern New Hampshire Services Head Start
Strafford County Community Action Agency
University of New Hampshire
Carsey Institute*
Cooperative Extension*
School of Law*
Food Solutions New England*
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission

*Indicates NH Hunger Solutions Steering Committee Member
1. Increase access to existing food resources by expanding the number of children who receive healthy meals through early learning and afterschool programs; eat healthy, appealing breakfasts and lunches during school and in the summer; and utilize supplementary food and nutrition programs like WIC (Woman, Infants, Children) and SNAP (food stamps) when needed.
2. Strengthen New Hampshire’s food systems by identifying policies enabling children and families to obtain affordable, nutritious food in their communities and creating strong links between families and those who grow food locally. In addition, strengthen farmers’ connections to community food programs such as food pantries and school nutrition programs.
3. Ensure economic security for ALL families by enabling working families to claim federal tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit; improving families’ ability to build equity through special savings accounts for education, starting a business or owning a house; and strengthening temporary assistance to low-income families with children.
Community setting