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The Cost of Hunger In America: House Congressional Briefing

  • 2103 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

How can we save money while improving the health and education of our nation’s children? How can we support our seniors and save health care costs?

Hosted by the Center for Hunger Free-Communities, Children’s HealthWatch, and Benefits Data Trust in conjunction with the House Hunger Caucus.

The connection between food insecurity and health outcomes among children and seniors is well documented. But how much does it cost us?

According to research by Children’s HealthWatch, our country spends each year on health and special education related expense for children under the age of 4, expenses that could be avoided if children have the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. The Benefits Data Trust found that every senior enrolled in SNAP saves $2,120 in health care costs each year.

Come learn from experts about how we can save money by supporting adequate nutrition for children and seniors.

Dr. Roger Marshall, Congressman Representing 1st District of Kansas

Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Juell Frazier, Member of Witnesses to Hunger: Boston

John Cook, PhD, MAEd, Study Author & Principal Investigator Children’s HealthWatch

Dr. Eddie Ochoa, MD, Pediatrician Arkansas Children’s Hospital & Principal Investigator Children’s HealthWatch

Ginger Zielinskie, President and CEO of Benefits Data Trust