Helping cities reduce child hunger

City leaders are in a unique position to provide support and expertise to help develop and expand afterschool and summer meal programs in their communities. Since 2012 NLC has partnered with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) on the CHAMPS initiative to help cities reduce child hunger by expanding participation in the Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs. In its first six years, this work has helped 71 cities feed over 140,000 children more than 12 million meals.

In 2018 NLC expanded the focus of this successful initiative to help cities consider more far-reaching ways to reduce hunger in their communities. We competitively selected six cities – Allentown, Pa.; Durham and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Jackson, Miss.; Little Rock, Ark.; Miami Gardens, Fla. – to receive grants and hands-on assistance to tackle food insecurity by creating citywide, mayor-led anti-hunger campaigns. These campaigns will encourage the entire community to work together to address hunger.