Dear Member of Congress,
The Child Nutrition Programs fight hunger and improve health by ensuring children have access to quality nutrition, childcare, educational, and enrichment activities while improving their overall health, development, and school achievement. With 1 in 6 children being food insecure in the United States, these programs are increasingly important in our fight against hunger.
For the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Congress must:
- Invest in child nutrition programs and ensure that the nutrition safety net programs that protect low-income children and families, including National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, Summer Feeding Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), are safeguarded. Such investments should not come at the expense of other federal nutrition programs or other programs that support low-income families.
- Improve and protect access and participation to child nutrition programs by strengthening these programs and eliminating barriers to participation. By supporting afterschool and summer feeding programs, children also gain access to critically-important summer learning and enrichment activities.
- Support and protect nutrition programs and initiatives that promote healthy eating among infants, children, and pregnant and postpartum women, including the science-based research that determines the makeup of these programs.
- Streamline program operations and maximize use of technology to make it easier for providers to offer nutrition programs and for families to participate in them.
By investing in the child nutrition programs now, Congress can ensure that all children have access to quality nutrition and programs they need to build healthy bodies, strong minds, and brighter futures.