There are government programs to help children of U.S. families facing financial hardship from job loss, illness or moving, go back-to-school, officials say.
Programs and resources are available for families who qualify for federal assistance, including low-cost lunches and affordable health insurance, federal health officials say.
"The National School Lunch Program provides free, low-cost and nutritional lunches to eligible students -- usually children from a family of four that makes about $29,055 to $41,348 per year," a statement by USA.gov says. "Enrollment is open year-round, so this program is especially useful if your family has had a sudden loss of income, due to a family member losing his or her job."
The school lunch program is offered at daycare centers, public schools and private non-profit schools enrolled in the program. The lunches limit fats and provide one-third of the recommended dietary allowances of proteins necessary for a healthy diet, officials say.
Affordable healthcare for children is available via the Children's Health Insurance Program. Although each state manages its own program, it is generally open to families of four that make up to $44,100 per year. The program offers benefits, including doctor visits, prescription drugs, emergency care, vaccines and dental services.
For more information call 1 877 543-7669 or visit InsureKidsNow.gov.
Students going to college can remain on their parent's health insurance policy until age 26 because of provisions in the Affordable Health Act.