December 6, 2010

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Victory

Author: Karen Broussard

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act VictoryThanks to each of you who called their representatives, the House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This bill invests an additional $4.5 billion over the next 10 years in childhood nutrition programs that will have a direct impact in Second Harvest’s own Childhood Hunger Programs.

 – We provide snacks to 13 after school programs through Kids Café. With this new legislation, we will be able to be reimbursed for more substantial meals. We will now be able to offer even more food to many more children through this enhanced afterschool supper program.

– How can kids learn on an empty stomach? School breakfast programs offer at risk children meals before the start of each school day. Unfortunately many schools do not have the opportunity to participate in the program. The act expands school funding to start more of these programs nationwide.

– Easier access to free and reduced price lunches. Many efficiencies will be made to take some of the paperwork out of the eligibility process for lunches.

State Childhood Hunger Strategies will be fostered through a new challenge grant program.I’m excited to see what new child-hunger concepts will be developed in the next decade through this program.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has much more to it including nutrition education and higher standards for school meals. The next step for the bill is being signed off on by the President.

Be sure to thank your legislators for passing this bill and doing their part in Fighting Hunger in Central Florida.

Brady Koch
Director of Agency Relations & Programs

 

Update: President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free America Act into law on Tuesday, December 14, 2010.



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