Coalitions: New Hampshire Hunger Solutions
New Hampshire Kids Count brings people together for kids by convening broad and inclusive groups of partners. We combine expertise, address specific challenges and craft public policy solutions to effect system-wide change.
New Hampshire Hunger Solutions
New Hampshire Hunger Solutions is a diverse coalition of anti-hunger and child advocates, businesses and community leaders working to eradicate childhood hunger in our state and to ensure that every child has three nutritious meals every day.
Announcing our new project lead, Erin Allgood.
Erin is dedicated to building a more resilient and sustainable food system in New Hampshire. Erin brings her extensive knowledge of food systems, leadership skills and enthusiasm to her consulting business, Allgood Eats Local. Her clients have included the Hillsborough County Conservation District, NH Association of Conservation Districts and, most recently, NH Kids Count where she will serve as the project lead for the Hunger Solutions Coalition.
Erin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire. Additionally,Erin holds a certificate in Leadership in Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Business, both from the University of Vermont.
Erin established the Food Education Network in 2012, a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income families use fresh, local foods through education and cooking demonstrations. Erin currently serves as a SNAP Committee member for Seacoast Eat Local and has a keen interest in making good food accessible to everyone.
NH Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger
Convened by NH Kids Count in 2011, NH Hunger Solutions partners developed the New Hampshire Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger , a comprehensive strategic plan engaging public-private partnerships to build awareness, maximize use of existing resources and implement policy changes. The NH Hunger Solutions partners are now putting the Roadmap into action.
*Update* In June, 2014 NH Hunger Solutions published a progress report, detailing achievements in the first year of implementation. Partners also met on May 29, 2015 to discuss ongoing progress.
The Roadmap establishes three goals to alleviate childhood hunger. Together we must:
1. Increase access to existing food resources by expanding the number of childrenwho receive healthy meals through early learning and afterschool programs; eat healthy, appealing breakfasts and lunches during school and in the summer;andutilizesupplementary food and nutrition programs like WIC (Woman, Infants, Children) and SNAP (food stamps) when needed.
NH Kids Count and our partners are challenging NH schools to increase their School Breakfast Program participation rate by 25% over two years. Learn more at NH School Breakfast Challenge
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 enablingworking families to claim federal tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit ; improving families’ ability to build equity through special funding accounts for education, starting a business or owning a house; and strengthening temporary assistance to low-income families with children.
See the full Roadmap (PDF) for more details including strategies and benchmarks
Want to become a NH Hunger Solutions Partner? Would you like to get involved in ending childhood hunger? Want a speaker to talk about childhood hunger and the Roadmap to your organization or group? Contact us
“ These are our friends, neighbors, children, parents, and proud veterans. They are hardworking Granite Staters who are struggling to put food on the table and provide for their families. And for most of them, food assistance means the difference between going hungry or barely making ends meet.” ~Representative Kuster, in a Letter to the Editor published Sept 25 in the Monadnock Ledger.