Alliance to End Hunger Pleased by Continued Progress on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

February 2, 2016

Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications & Outreach, Alliance to End Hunger

The Alliance to End Hunger is pleased to see progress on reauthorization of federal child nutrition programs with the Senate Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan passage of the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” on January 20, 2016.  This bill represents significant steps forward in continuing and improving key federal programs that provide nutrition assistance to children in and out of school as well as pregnant and nursing mothers.  The Alliance credits the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in crafting legislation that preserves the beneficial aspects of the child nutrition programs while making major improvements to program efficiency and access.

As the bill moves through the legislative process, the Alliance to End Hunger encourages members in both chambers to continue to work across the aisle in an effort to bring the bill to final passage.  “We are pleased to see movement on child nutrition,” stated Alliance COO Rebecca Middleton.  “This bill makes a number of sought after improvements in providing access to key federal nutrition programs for children across the country while maintaining the core strengths of these highly effective programs.”

Hunger is a prominent issue in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 7 people in the United States struggle with hunger, including 15.3 million children.  Child nutrition programs serve over 30 million children through school meals, nutrition support for mothers and infants (WIC), care for children and other vulnerable individuals (CACFP), and additional vital programs.  As an organization working to collectively end hunger, the Alliance recognizes the importance of federal nutrition programs in lowering food insecurity, improving nutrition, and advancing good health among children.

The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad.  The Alliance represents a diverse coalition of more than 90 members – corporations, non-profit groups, universities, associations, individuals, health care providers, foundations, and faith-based organizations – all working together in the fight against hunger. The Alliance develops innovative partnerships among its members; political commitment among leaders; and connections among groups working to end hunger domestically and internationally.