Food and Nutrition

Food security is one of the primary ways to ensure a child’s overall health and wellbeing. Proper nutrition is also vital to help a child’s brain and body develop and grow. 

From learning what types of diet and nutrition are best for your children, to resources to help you pay for food so you can put healthy meals on the table, start here. 

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Food and NutritionPrograms & Services

Healthy Kids Resource Center, Extension (UNR)
The Healthy Kids Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for evidence-based research, resources, curricula, activities and materials that focus on obesity prevention for teachers and parents of young children. It is designed to educate parents and teachers as well as provide the tools needed to teach young children how to live a healthy lifestyle.


Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers (FRCs) provide case management, information, and referrals for individuals and families in need of assistance in accessing services and programs that will strengthen and support the family. FRCs collaborate with other agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, and government agencies to assist families to obtain needed services. FRCs emphasize community based, collaborative services that are culturally competent, accessible, and flexible. There are 18 FRC Service Areas in Nevada. To find an FRC near you visit the Family Resource Center Programs list on the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services website.


Nevada 2-1-1
2-1-1 is a special telephone number to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations. Dialing 2-1-1 in almost every part of the United States will connect you to human and social services for your area. 2-1-1 services include places to find emergency food, housing and emergency shelter locations, children’s services, support for seniors, older persons, and people with disabilities, and mental health and counseling services, among many others. You can also search for resources on the Nevada 2-1-1 website or download the App on your phone.

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Food allergies in young children can present significant challenges for families, impacting not only mealtime routines but also everyday activities and social interactions. As a parent or caregiver, understanding how to navigate these allergies with patience, knowledge, and preparation is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of your child.

It is important to teach children to make healthy choices early, and the language adults use to refer to foods is important. Using intentional language children can understand is especially important when they have decision-making power, such as when choosing a snack.

Because you want your child to grow healthy and strong, your child’s picky eating can be cause for concern. Fortunately, children's picky eating is temporary. Try these tips to help deal with your child’s picky eating behavior in a positive way.

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