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The fundamental cause of food insecurity and hunger in the United States is poverty—the lack of adequate resources to address basic needs such as food, shelter and health care. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs provide a safety net that improves access to food to those with critical needs. FNS programs have a wide reach:

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2009 Listening Sessions

In 2009, to gather ideas about how we can work together to end childhood hunger, FNS held 17 listening sessions and collected emails from stakeholders across the country. The ideas that were gathered in this process informed the development of the FNS Stakeholder Guide to Ending Childhood Hunger. Thank you to all who shared their wisdom, experience and great ideas. You can listen to the webinars in their entirety here:

  1. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009
  2. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
  3. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
  4. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009



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