This week School Breakfast Challenge award winners from Oyster River High School told us how the School Breakfast Challenge had made a difference in their school.


NH School Breakfast Challenge: 9 schools recognized By: Laura Montenegro (c)


For years, we've all known that lead is a dangerous toxin that can result in serious health problems. As a result, we’ve seen lead removed from our gasoline, and we’ve seen it removed from our paint. But unfortunately, the problem of lead poisoning – particularly in children – has not gone away. In this blog – the first in a series – Tom Irwin briefly describes the nature and extent of childhood lead poisoning, with a focus on New Hampshire. In upcoming blog posts, Tom will drill down on some of the specific challenges we face, and needed solutions.


Guest Blog: University of NH Sustainability Institute; "By attending an upcoming regional gathering, you will have the opportunity to learn about trends, data, challenges, and innovations in our food system, network with others doing work in the food system, and prioritize actions for reaching our food system goals."


NH Hunger Solutions, a coalition of NH Kids Count, recently marked the half-way point in the implementation of the NH Roadmap to End Childhood Hunger. The Coalition has published a Progress Report detailing NH's improvements in efforts to ensure that every child has three nutritious meals a day.


"One thing that can help sleepy, hungry kids get ready to hit the books by the first school bell is a good breakfast. Several local schools have learned the value of providing that meal and, as the school year winds down, the New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge is singing their praises."

Eagle Tribune (June 24, 2014) Schools See Surge in Breakfast Participation 


Success Starts with School Breakfast! NFL player & Nashua native Kendall Reyes joins Dr. Crisp Elementary School, NH Kids Count and NH School Breakfast Challenge Partners to kick off the “It Starts With School Breakfast” campaign March 14. 


Recent statewide coverage of the importance of school breakfast in NH. Check out these articles to learn more about school breakfast and what NH Kids Count is doing to promote it! 


"Take Time for School Breakfast" Opinion piece written by NH Kids Count Board Member Andy Beaupre published this morning in Foster's Daily Democrat.


When the school day and school year end, thousands of New Hampshire children living in families struggling to make ends meet lose access to three, healthy meals a day. With 15.6% of Granite State children living in poverty, it is now more important than ever that we fill nutrition voids after school and over the summer.


There are hungry children in every school. In fact, there are more than 40,000 food insecure children in New Hampshire.


“If we put America’s families first, I continue to believe that Republicans and Democrats can find common ground, make smart cuts, and protect hungry families.”

~ Representative Ann Kuster, in a letter published in the Monadnock Ledger September 25, 2013

NH Kids Count would like to thank Representative Kuster for continuing to champion children in the legislature.


“This is a wake-up call for our state," said Ellen Fineberg, Executive Director of the nonprofit advocacy group, Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.” Children are the future health and well-being of our state."

Seacoast Online (September 23, 2013): More children live in poverty


“The percentage of children living in poverty in New Hampshire surged last year to 15.6 percent. That’s up from 12 percent in 2011, the largest increase of any state.“

New Hampshire Public Radio (September 20, 2013): Report: Child Poverty Surges In N.H.

The Monadnock Food Co-op – a full service community-owned grocery store in Keene -- first opened its doors on April 3, 2013.  And since day one, our goal was to meet specific community needs.  One important need in particular is ensuring that more people have access to healthy food, regardless of their income.