ACTION NEEDED: Lame-Duck Congress Must Include Long Overdue
Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) Improvements in
End of the Year Spending Package
Congress must ensure that children in preschool, school-based, and out of school time settings have improved access to nutritious meals. It’s been 12 years since Congress reauthorized the child nutrition programs, and we cannot let more years slip by before passing legislation to strengthen and improve these programs. This is particularly true as schools, child care providers, children and families continue to grapple with health and economic aftershocks from the pandemic.
When Congress votes on its must-pass end of the year spending package during the Lame Duck, child nutrition program priorities must be included in that package.
Action Needed: Now is the time to weigh in with your Senators to ensure that improving and strengthening child nutrition programs - including expanding Community Eligibility, adding a third meal for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, creating a permanent Summer EBT program, streamlining the Summer Food Service Program to serve children year-round, and modernizing WIC - are all included in an end of the year spending package.
For questions or help reaching out to your Senate offices, contact Vijay Das, email@example.com, Tim Klipp-Lockhart, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ellen Teller, email@example.com.
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Don’t leave children off your checklist! [Tag Senators], support a year-end package with #childnutrition programs that strengthen, improve, & expand #freeschoolmeals through #CEP, #afterschoolmeals, & #summermeals, and child care through #CACFP & #WIC.
[Tag Senators], investments in our children's health and nutrition need to remain top priorities for Congress, and need to be included in any must-pass end-of-the-year legislation. Hungry children can’t wait.