Students who live in food-insecure households can have multiple disadvantages in school when compared to peers from food-secure households. Food insecurity negatively impacts the social, emotional, and behavioral development of school-age children and adolescents, and exacerbates their risk for behavioral issues that interfere with learning and achieving academic success. Access to good nutrition, including access to the Federal Nutrition Programs, such as the School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Nutrition Programs, is a key strategy to support positive development and behavior among students facing food insecurity.
This brief highlights research on the connections between food insecurity and behavior, and the critical role that the Federal Nutrition Programs play when addressing these issues among school-age children and adolescents.
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