Critical Time for Child Nutrition: Urge Congress to Act Now, Before Congressional Recess in Two Week

July 21, 2010


Lunch-2-weeks The next
two weeks are critical for school food policy and resources. Committees
in both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed their
versions of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization.

Now, we
need our elected leaders to pass these bills in time for the upcoming
school year
— before Congress goes on recess in two
weeks.

Please take a moment to send a letter urging a timely
reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

While these bills do not include adequate funding to
fundamentally transform school food, they do include many
health-promoting policy provisions and small increases in the
reimbursements schools receive for the meals they provide.

In a world where cash-strapped schools are already losing money
on their meal programs and growing numbers of families rely on school
food, it is important that Congress reauthorize the bill in time for
schools to receive increased meal reimbursements for the 2010-11 school
year. A delayed reauthorization would put health-promoting policy
provisions such as farm-to-school programs, limits on junk food in
schools, and streamlined administration of the program at risk.

Please urge your Senators and Representative to help bring this
bill to the floor for a vote before Congressional recess in two weeks. Click here to send a letter.