It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that children and adolescents should have access to safe and healthy foods that promote physical, cognitive and social growth and development. The Academy does not have a position or policy stance regarding immigration; however, the food and nutrition practices at border facilities has become a topic of interest for Academy members, leading to advocacy on the issue.
The Academy has published submitted regulatory comments and sent letters to administration officials regarding unacceptable nutrition conditions in border facilities:
- Issue Brief
- Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article: "Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Child and Adolescent Federally Funded Nutrition Assistance Programs"
- Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article: "Nutrition Standards Called into Question at Border Detainment Facilities"
- Health Care Organizations Join the Academy in Sending Letter to DHS
- Academy Comments to DHS and HHS on Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children
- Academy Urges Department of Homeland Security to Improve Nutrition at Border Facilities
- Academy Pushes OIG for More Information on Food and Nutrition at CBP Detention Facilities
- Academy Supports Executive Orders on Immigration