How do you build a healthier future? Think small.
Healthier kids can grow into healthier adults. But kids can’t grow when they’re hungry.1 That’s why, in our first year, we’re focusing on fighting childhood hunger and food insecurity to help today’s kids grow into tomorrow’s healthy adults.
Research1 shows food insecurity and hunger can significantly affect a child’s short- and long-term physical and mental well-being. But being hungry as a kid could also lead to poorer health later in life.2 More than 1 in 6 children in the U.S. face hunger.3 This increases to 1 in 4 when we look at the numbers worldwide.4 That’s a lot of stress to put on our children–and our health care system. So the Cigna Foundation is stepping up, and stepping in, to help.
Healthier Kids For Our Future is a 5-year, $25 million global initiative. In 2019, we’re teaming up with schools and community groups to reduce food insecurity-connecting our partners with the resources they need to solve this worldwide challenge.
At its core, the program is the bridge connecting community organizations and schools with the volunteers and resources necessary to make a difference. Our goal is to bring together the right people, with the right services, at the right time through our extensive volunteer network and grant program. We work with local school districts to understand the needs of their community, provide charitable partners with the tools to fulfill those needs, and mobilize Cigna’s 74,000 employees to deliver better results together-more than we ever could separately.
We’re committed to building better communities and a healthier future-one kid at a time.
1 What are the Psychological Effects of Hunger on Children?, American Psychological Association, 2016, https://www.apa.org/advocacy/socioeconomic-status/hunger.pdf
2 World Food Programme, https://www1.wfp.org/zero-hunger, Accessed April 25, 2019.
3 No Kid Hungry, https://www.nokidhungry.org/who-we-are/hunger-facts, Accessed April 26, 2019.
4 Hunger Statistics, Food Aid Foundation, 2015, https://www.foodaidfoundation.org/world-hunger-statistics.html