Author Topic: Congress, donâ??t let kids go hungry. Approve the President's request for additional c  (Read 143 times)

Description: additional childhood nutrition funding.

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Daily Voice

  • Guest
Congress, donâ??t let kids go hungry. Approve the President's request for additional childhood nutrition funding.

All across the U.S. more than 15 million children live in food insecure homes.To help combat childhood food insecurity, the National School Lunch Program provides low-cost or free lunches to over 30 million children daily during the 9 month long school year. Studies have shown that the lack of food contributes to a child?s poor academic performance and behavior issues.School lunches are often the only meal many children will have all day.During the 3 months of summer, the USDA provides the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP.) Though this resource is available, only 18% of all eligible children participate in the program. There are many hurdles to overcome such as lack of transportation, lack of open summer meal sites,and non-profit, No Kid Hungry, identifies the biggest hurdle as the ?congregate feeding requirement,? which stipulates that children travel to a central location and eat their meals together at the site. It's not easy for kids to get to the meal sites, especially in rural areas, where poverty is rampant. In his 2017 budget proposal next month, President Obama will seek $12bn over the next 10 years. Families who qualify for free or reduced school meals will be given a special electronic benefits card that will allow them to buy an additional $45 in groceries per child each month school is out.
Children often suffer from chronic hunger when school?s out for summer. While working on an initiative designed to increase access to healthier food in an urban food desert, I've encountered many of these children. They say it's hard to concentrate and focus when you're hungry. This additional $45 per child would mean a lot to parents in areas without a summer meal program site nearby. Imagine how much good we can do by ensuring that we take care of America?s children, the most vulnerable of us. Please join me in asking Congress to approve President Obama?s budget proposal to feed hungry American children while school?s out for summer.

Source: Congress, donâ??t let kids go hungry. Approve the President's request for additional childhood nutrition funding.



 





Include your birthday in your forum profile and be included in the birthdays list.Post and event using the Forum calendar and auto post onto this board  HERE , social, local, web events - Charities,


!!

Daily Voice : Petition Today and let your voice be heard