An initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Policies & Topics

Learn more about how the following policies and topics impact children's health, and see recommendations for action.


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funding to states to reimburse child care programs and other providers for serving nutritious food to children and adults in their care.

Climate change

Climate change has significant impacts on how and where food is grown and produced.

Dietary Guidelines

The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the first edition to provide recommendations by life stage, including for infants, toddlers, and women who are pregnant or lactating.

Food marketing to children

Food, beverage and restaurant companies spend billions of dollars per year advertising to young people, most of which promotes fast food, sugary drinks, candy, and unhealthy snacks.

Food systems

How food is produced, distributed, marketed, and sold shapes health.

School Meals

School meals are essential to tens of millions of children and families, especially those living furthest from economic opportunity.


SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides short-term financial support to individuals and families furthest from economic opportunity who struggle to afford food.


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is one of the nation’s largest federal nutrition programs, serving millions of people each month, including about half of all infants born in the United States.