The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) by a bipartisan vote 264 to 157.
“We are thrilled that congress has passed this bill that will provide nutritious food to millions of children,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. “We are especially grateful to Education and Labor Committee Chairman Miller for his leadership in steering the child nutrition bill to final passage. We now urge Congressional leaders and the Administration to work to replace the SNAP offset used to partially pay for the bill.”
This important legislation provides $4.5 billion in new funding over the next 10 years to improve children’s access to healthy meals. By improving access to programs, especially during out-of-school times, the legislation will help close the hunger gap on weekends, afterschool, and during the summer.
During the last two years, the Food Bank – with your help – has worked alongside anti-hunger advocates across the country to secure the strongest possible child nutrition bill for our nation’s children. Our network has generated thousands of emails and phone calls to our nation’s leaders in support of the bill. We have hosted Congressman Miller at two different distribution locations to highlight the need in our community and to encourage support of the child nutrition bill.
The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate on August 5. The legislation must now be sent to the President for his signature before becoming law.
Call or email the child nutrition staff in each House member’s D.C. office to convey two messages:
- Thank them for voting in favor of the child nutrition bill.
- Urge them to act during the lame duck session to restore the SNAP cuts.