Thursday, January 7, 2010

Action Needed: Two New Bills to Help Ensure Children Do Not Go Hungry

In preparation for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, members of Congress are introducing child nutrition-related legislation, which may be incorporated in the final bill.

Universal Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act

The Universal Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act (H.R. 4325) establishes a grant program to help schools with high numbers of low-income children establish universal classroom breakfast programs. Universal classroom breakfast - where all children can eat a free breakfast in their classroom at the beginning of the school day – has been proven to boost participation among low-income children. This bill would ensure that more low-income children have access to a healthy breakfast at school.
  • Individuals Take Action: Send a letter asking your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Universal Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act.
  • Organizations Take Action: Sign on to this letter in support of the Universal Classroom Breakfast Expansion Act.
Ensuring All Students Year-round (EASY) Access to Meals and Snacks Act

The Ensuring All Students Year-round (EASY) Access to Meals and Snacks Act (H.R. 4274) would allow local government agencies and private nonprofit organizations to feed children meals and snacks 365 days a year - after school, on weekends and school holidays, and during the summer - through the Summer Food Service Program. This bill would expand the year-round program that currently is being piloted in California to all states. The bill also would allow meals and snacks to be served after school, on weekends, and during school holidays through the year-round program. Currently, snacks can only be served through the California pilot.

  • Individuals Take Action: Send a letter asking your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Ensuring All Students Year-round (EASY) Access to Meals and Snacks Act.
  • Organizations Take Action: Sign on to this letter in support of the Ensuring All Students Year-round (EASY) Access to Meals and Snacks Act.

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