America’s Hungry Children at Risk
It’s a mind-boggling statistic, but approximately 13 million children right here in America are at risk of hunger every day.
Without proper nourishment, such children are in increased risk of health problems, as well as social and educational difficulties.
September is Hunger Action Month. Please take a moment to urge Congress to pass legislation that helps feed hungry children living in America.
The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act authorizes all of the federal school meal and child nutrition programs, which provide funding to ensure that low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; Summer Food Service Program; Child and Adult Care Food Program; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; and Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.
These already existing programs are permanently authorized, but every five years Congress reviews them through the reauthorization process; the current law was signed on June 30, 2004, and is set to expire at the end of September 2009. This reauthorization gives Congress the opportunity to improve and strengthen these programs so they better meet the needs of children in our constantly changing society.
The Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill will ensure quality, healthy and safe meals to children every school day, one step toward eliminating hunger and malnutrition among America’s children. Urge Congress to support the bill and make sure all our nation’s children get three nutritious meals every day.
The children are everybody’s future. This Congress has the opportunity to make improvements in the lives of millions of school children by increasing the availability of nutritious foods and promoting a healthy lifestyle. It is an investment for their future — and in the future of our country.
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Don’t forget to sign the petition to Congress here: September is Hunger Action Month — Fight to End Hunger!