Dear Member of Congress,
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of families struggling to put food on the table has skyrocketed. A staggering 1 out of every 6 children in America now do not have enough food to eat. The upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill and economic recovery legislation present you with the opportunity to address this urgent crisis and ensure that all children have access to healthy food.
The most effective action that Congress can take to improve children’s health and education is to allow all schools to provide school meals to all children at no charge, otherwise known as universal school meals. Schools have been allowed to do this throughout the pandemic, illustrating how this approach works to significantly decrease childhood hunger. In addition to universal school meals, we call on Congress to:
- Increase access to afterschool and summer nutrition programs and expand the benefits provided to children through these programs;
- Build on the success of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program by providing summer EBT benefits to eligible schoolchildren;
- Allow an afternoon snack or supper for children in child care, through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP);
- Increase the number of high-poverty schools that are able to offer free school meals to all students by expanding community eligibility; and
- Increase access to WIC for pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants, and young children.
Many moms know first hand how difficult it is for children to learn when they are hungry. This is your opportunity to join us in putting an end to childhood hunger!