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The Senate Agriculture Committee will be marking up its Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill on September 17. Top priorities for reauthorization include strengthening the Summer Nutrition Programs and bolstering their capacity to ensure children stay well-fed and learning when school is out; supporting the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s ability to make the earliest years the healthiest years; and protecting the school nutrition standards.
Organizations: Sign to Endorse Two Critically Important Summer Nutrition Bills
Two bicameral bills—the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613 / H.R. 1728), introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) and the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (S. 1539, H.R. 2715) introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA)—have the potential to dramatically reduce hunger during summer vacation. Show your organization’s support by endorsing these two bills.
Organizations: Endorse This Bill to Improve and Expand Access to CACFP
The Access to Healthy Food For Young Children Act of 2015, introduced by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), aims to expand and strengthen CACFP so more children have access to nutritious meals and snacks. Show your organization’s support for improving CACFP by endorsing this bill.
Individuals: Sign our Petition to Support SNAP
Tell Congress you want an end to hunger in America, not ill-considered budget proposals that would cut SNAP and – as a result — increase hunger. Learn more about SNAP.
Read How Federal Nutrition Programs Help End Hunger in America (pdf), remarks by former Rep. Eva Clayton at the National Action Network Conference, Washington, D.C., July 9, 2015.
Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015
Click to ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Stop Child Summer Hunger of 2015 to help supplement the Summer Nutrition Programs with an improved Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program. Learn more.
Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2015
Click to ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2015 that would expand and strengthen CACFP so more children have access to nutritious meals and snacks.
These bills are part of Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization (CNR). The child nutrition programs need to be reauthorized by September 30, 2015, and Congress is currently introducing bills that will serve as building blocks for a larger reauthorization bill. Learn more about CNR.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees begin to meet and hold hearings. Each appropriations subcommittee must pass a bill to designate funding levels for specific programs and projects.
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