The rate of child poverty has only slightly lowered since the 1960's when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty and currently hovers around 22 percent. In 2012, 1 in 5 children were identified as poor. Good nutrition, especially in the early years of a child's life, is vital to create the foundation for future physical and mental health. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 16 million chlidren under age 18 live in homes where they can't consistenly access an adequate amount of healthy and nutritious food. However, trillions of calories are wasted or lost on a yearly basis.