ALLIANCE MEMBERS JOIN FORCES TO SUPPORT ROBUST CHILD NUTRITION BILL
As a result of the tireless work of Alliance members, allies, and hunger advocates during the month of May:
- 221 Members of Congress – a bi-partisan Majority of the House – sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi supporting the President’s request for an increase of $1 billion a year for child nutrition programs and, and
- 341 Members of Congress voted for an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill to express their support for this same request. This is tremendous momentum towards our goal of passing a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization with full funding sometime before July 4th.
A number of Alliance members including the National Farmers Union, Sodexo, Land O’Lakes, East Side Entrees, and The Bottle Crew flexed their anti-hunger muscles by joining the ranks of Bread for the World, Feeding America and other anti-hunger advocates to rally Congressional support for strong investments in child nutrition programs.
Several weeks later, Alliance members continued to rally Congressional support to end child hunger in America, but this time for a vote.
Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA-03), JoAnn Emerson (R-MO-08), and Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) offered an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that highlights the impact hunger and obesity have on military recruitment. Mission: Readiness, a group comprised of over 100 retired military leaders, including Generals John Shaliskashvili and Hugh Shelton, released a report entitled “Too Fat to Fight.” This report says that weight issues are the number one reason why the military is rejecting young Americans. In fact, 27% of 17-24 year-olds in the U.S. are too fat to serve in the military.
The McGovern/Emerson/Bishop amendment supported $1 billion a year in new investments for nutrition programs for our children as one way to reduce hunger and obesity in America.
Thanks to the tireless work of Alliance members, allies, and hunger advocates, the McGovern/Emerson/Bishop amendment passed by a vote of 341-85, continuing the groundswell of momentum among our elected, nonprofit, private sector, faith based, and labor leaders.
OF the 50 million people who struggled to get enough to eat last year, one in four was a child— 4 million more children than the year before. For many kids, programs such as the National School Lunch Program and the Summer Food Program, provide their only full meal of the day.
Once every five years, Congress reviews the federal child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch, Summer Food, Child and Adult Care Food and WIC programs. This time around, President Obama and anti-hunger advocates are asking Congress to increase funding for child nutrition programs by $1 billion. This would be a big step toward ensuring that no child in America goes hungry.