The U.S. government can’t afford that its children go hungry and malnourished, though it is expected that their parents are responsible in feeding them. For this reason, several organizations are being tapped to assist families which cannot provide nutritious meals for their children. These organizations do not just help traditional families but also those with only single mothers.
The following are the organizations which are actively assisting single mothers when it comes to nutrition and health:
1. Women, Infants, and Children Program
The Women, Infants, and Children Program also referred to as WIC, provides food assistance to low-income pregnant women, infants, and children. The main eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Women beneficiaries are assisted all throughout her pregnancy, or until the 6th week of her childbirth. If they applied right after giving birth, they will be assisted until the 6th month of her breastfeeding. If they already are breastfeeding when they applied, they will be assisted up to the baby’s 1st birthday.
- Infants are supported up to its 1st birthday.
- Children are supported up to their 5th birthday.
Applicants do not necessarily live in the state where they applied for in a long period of time, or any specific time. They must just apply in the state where they live. Each chapter of WIC is administered by the Indian Tribal Organization, and applicants must understand and meet the residency requirement set by ITO.
2. National School Lunch Program
This program, also referred to as NSLP is funded by the Federal government which works hand in hand with the U.S. Department of Agriculture or USDA. The purpose of the program is to give free meals with nutritious content to children studying in non-private and public schools, and residential childcare institutions.
Those children who belong to families below 130% poverty level will get the free meal, while those who belong between 130% and 185% poverty level will have reduced-price meals. For reduced-price meals, the child would only pay below or 40 cents. Children who can afford to buy lunch are allowed to purchase.
3. Insure Kids Now! Program
This program extends a low-cost health insurance for children under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. Just like other commercial health insurance companies, Insure Kids Now! Program covers the following:
- Prescription Drugs
- Doctor Visits
- Emergency care
- Hospital care
The single mother’s income should not go over $41 100 to be eligible for this program.