Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition

Child Nutrition
A child nutrition reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003) introduced on April 20 by Rep. Todd Rokita, chair of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, includes a provision that would severely restrict schools’ eligibility for community eligibility, an option within the national school lunch and breakfast programs allowing high-poverty schools to provide meals at no charge to all students.
Child Nutrition
Dear House/Senate Budget Committee Member, The undersigned national, state and local organizations are writing to express our united support for effective and adequately funded federal nutrition programs for children. We are a diverse group of organizations representing anti-hunger, religious, education, health, medical, nutrition, direct service, school food, pre-school and child care, after school, labor, industry, research and agriculture, that are joining together to support increased access to nutritious meals and snacks and to protect the quality of those meals and snacks in pre-school, school-based and out-of-school time programs in the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization. We urge the Congress to continue its commitment to these programs and efforts to reduce childhood hunger and improve child nutrition by including in the budget for FY2016 a significant investment in these programs so their efficacy in reducing hunger and boosting the health and well-being of children and infants can grow. The enthusiasm for and commitment to new investments in these critically important programs will define the agenda moving into the reauthorization of the child nutrition programs. We appreciate the support that Congress has shown for protecting and improving access to quality nutrition for children, especially low income children, in this country.