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April 27, 2016
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Dear Supporter,

New legislation would increase childhood hunger

New federal legislation would, if passed, deny food to thousands of low-income children who rely on federal programs for the nutrition they need to grow, be healthy and succeed in school.

We need to speak up to urge Congress to reject this harmful proposal. Send your message now. No child should go hungry.

The House of Representatives’ flawed Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill would roll back years of progress. Countless children would no longer have access to nutritious meals and the meals children could still obtain would be less healthy.

Provisions in the bill would:

  • Reduce the number of schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows high-poverty schools to feed all children and receive higher federal reimbursements.
  • Dramatically increase school meal application verification requirements, causing eligible students to lose access to free or low-cost school meals.
  • Impede school districts’ ability to conduct effective outreach to enroll families eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
  • Deny an additional snack to young children in child care for long hours.
  • Protect bureaucratic requirements that make it more difficult to serve summer meals to low-income children.
  • Fail to expand the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program and create barriers to the efficient operation of this critical program that provides basic food to babies and very young children.
  • Weaken rules that require schools to serve healthy foods to children.

Send your message today. No child should go hungry.


Cecilia Zalkind
Executive Director

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

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