To Members of the U.S. House of Representatives:
More than 21 percent of our children live in households facing a constant struggle against hunger. This is heartbreaking and unworthy of the United States of America. Instead of strengthening the federal child nutrition programs that do so much to reduce child hunger, the current House effort to reauthorize child nutrition programs would do just the opposite and roll back years of progress.
Of the many harmful provisions in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act 2016, instituting block grants would be the most damaging. Block grants could be used to:
- Block a state’s ability to respond to increased need or rising program costs;
- Block the federal government’s ability to establish national standards for nutrition quality of meals and eligibility requirements for children;
- Block the ability of the programs to accomplish their fundamental goals- reducing hunger, improving health, and supporting learning; and
- Allow states to divert federal funds from providing school breakfast and lunch, afterschool snacks, and summer meals.
I urge you to stop block grants and the Child Nutrition And Education Action 2016, which hurt children by reducing their access to nutritious meals, leaving them more hungry and less ready to learn.
Please stand up for your smallest and most vulnerable constituents.