Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act renewal
What is the policy issue?
Congress aims to evaluate a new “Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act” every five years in order to provide healthy, nutritious, and subsidized food for low-income children through the federal child nutrition programs. The programs affected by this bill include the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP).
The most recent Child Nutrition Authorization Act was authorized in 2010 and it is expected a new bill may come up in Congress this year.
As part of this process, three marker bills have been introduced in the Senate which aim to increase access to summer meals by children facing hunger. They are:
-The Stop Child Hunger Act (S.1941): Would establish a Summer EBT program which provides an allowance per child over the summer months, to families with children who participate in the free/reduced school lunch program during the school year.
-The Summer Meals Act of 2019 (S.1908): Would lower the area eligibility requirement for summer meals sites from 50% or higher poverty rate to a 40% or higher poverty rate; would allocate grant funding for areas with high need and low participation or for areas hit by disasters; would allow all sites to serve up to 3 full, reimbursable meals every day.
-Hunger Free Summer for Kids (S.1918): Would allow sites to serve “non-congregate” or mobile meals to children rather than requiring them to eat their meal on site; would allow states to implement Summer EBT which provides additional SNAP benefits during the summer months to families with children who participate in the free/reduced school lunch program during the school year.
All three bills would increase access to summer meals for the over 430,000 Louisiana children who rely on free or reduced meals during the school year and they also are kicking off the 2019 Child Nutrition Reauthorization process.
What can you do?
Reach out to your Senators today to express your feelings about these bills and advocate for your views. Take the time to educate them on the impacts these bills will have on Louisiana children and families.
Who are your Senators?
How to advocate?
Feeding America has a guide to help you. Feel free to reach out to FPAC for more information or to learn more about advocacy efforts in New Orleans and Louisiana.
Senator Cassidy: 202-224-5842
Senator Kennedy: 202-224-5842
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