More than 3 in 5 Californians with young children have run out of food during the pandemic. Keenly aware of need, child care programs continue to work on the front lines trying to nourish our youngest learners. But amid myriad financial pressures, many programs do not have enough funding to pay for food. State leaders should make critical investments to support child care meal service as part of COVID-19 relief and ongoing efforts to help stabilize the state’s child care infrastructure.