Now that August recess is over, Congress heads back to Washington with a big to-do list, including Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The current bill expires on September 30, and we need to make sure Congress knows that passing a strong child nutrition bill that strengthens programs and reaches more kids must be a priority.
You can help by participating in our national call in day and joining thousands of supporters from across the country to urge Congress to pass a strong child nutrition bill and ensure no child in America goes hungry. Let’s show Congress that it’s time to end child hunger in America. For more information about the Hunger Free Summer Act, read this: Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act summary.
Call Congress Today!
Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:
1. Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702 and listen to the pre-recorded message.
2. Connect to your first senator and enter your zip code. Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
3. Let the office know you are calling about Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
For your senators, deliver this message:
As your constituent and [supporter/employee/volunteer] of my local food bank, please co-sponsor the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act (S. 1966) and the Summer Meals Act (S. 613).
For your representative, deliver this message:
As your constituent and [supporter/employee/volunteer] of my local food bank, I would like to see Congress pass a child nutrition bill that includes these three priorities:
1. Streamline regulations for summer and after school meals, making it easier for kids in need to get after school meals and food during the summer.
2. A summer EBT program to help families when school is out, making summer feeding easier by letting families who qualify for food stamps get the cost of summer meals added to the amount the family receives.
3. A non-congregate meal option so program operators like food banks can reach kids who can’t access summer meal sites, including legislation that makes it easier for groups like food banks who want to feed kids in the summer but can’t manage group feeding sites; especially in our rural areas, group feeding sites just won’t work.
Be sure to speak with both of your senators and your representative.
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