As we know all too well from the families we serve, many children in our community struggle with hunger every day. With your partnership and support, we are working hard to reduce hunger here in Contra Costa and Solano counties by serving families directly and supporting programs that feed children afterschool, on weekends, and during the summer.
This year, Congress is considering a child nutrition bill that impacts both the families we serve and the programs we operate. This bill provides an opportunity to reduce child hunger by increasing children’s access to child nutrition programs.
Unfortunately, the bill passed by the Senate in August didn’t go far enough to make sure low-income children are connected with the programs. With Congress back in Washington, the House of Representatives has less than three weeks to improve and pass the bill before the programs expire September 30.
The next few weeks provide a small but critical window of opportunity to strengthen the child nutrition bill before it goes to the President. House members are working to make the additional improvements to program access that are so important to reaching hungry kids, but they are running out of time.
Next Tuesday, September 21, the Food Bank is participating in a nationwide call-in day to urge our representatives to make the child nutrition bill a top priority this month. I hope you’ll consider joining us in this effort. We will post an “action alert” Tuesday morning to remind you of this critical opportunity to help hungry children.
Congress will make this bill a priority if they believe it is important to their constituents. Please help us show them that it is.