Recent estimates suggest that 6.8 million teenagers in America are food insecure, meaning they don’t have consistent access to healthful, affordable food and likely don’t know where their next meal will come from. For young people, hunger has repeatedly been linked to lower academic performance. In the Washington region, several new initiatives are tackling hunger among students, like The Virginia Breakfast Challenge, which encourages public schools in the Commonwealth to increase the number of students eating breakfast, and a recently-opened food pantry for students at George Washington University, which provides foodstuffs free of cost. We learn about the new, innovative ways our region’s leaders are fighting hunger and food insecurity.


  • Max Finberg Director, AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Dorothy McAuliffe First Lady of Virginia; Chair, Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide
  • Jody Tick Chief Operating Officer, Capital Area Food Bank

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