For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that pediatricians screen all children for food insecurity. In a new policy statement identifying the short and long-term adverse health impacts of food insecurity, the AAP also recommends that pediatricians become familiar with and refer families to needed community resources, and advocate for federal and local policies that support access to adequate, nutritious food.

The new policy statement, “Promoting Food Security for all Children​,” was presented at the AAP’s National Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC, and published in Pediatrics on Friday, Oct. 23. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a plenary address at the Conference on Monday, Oct. 26, “Healthier Kids, Healthier Economy: How nourishing the next generation will help to secure America’s future,” which will address the new policy in the context of child nutrition reauthorization efforts underway on Capitol Hill.

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