221 Congressional Members Support Child Nutrition Programs
Thanks to your efforts, 221 members of Congress have signed a letter supporting the reauthorization of child nutrition programs, which they sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday.
In the letter, members asked Speaker Pelosi to find ways to fund the $1 billion in increases President Obama requested for these programs—which include school lunches, school breakfasts, summer feeding programs, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
“Poverty exacerbates children’s risk of unhealthy weight gain, but poor nutrition affects children’s health and well-being across all income levels,” reads the letter. “Today, nearly one-third of all children are overweight or obese. These challenges to children’s health are present in every district across the country and are recognized as critical public health concerns.”
Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) led the effort. McGovern and Emerson are co-chairs of the House Hunger Caucus.
These programs are critical. As we’ve written, kids who are hungry have a hard time learning and developing properly. Plus, more money for these programs will help reach more kids.
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