Child Nutrition Reauthorization: What You Won't See On the Nightly News

As Congress begins its post summer work, the debate and consideration of the reauthorization of our nation’s child nutrition programs has also begun. Not surprisingly, their process seems both confusing and a bit secretive.

Amid the gridlock and the grandstanding, we thought we'd try to provide a bit of clarity and insight. 

Of course, MAZON continues to advocate for a strong child nutrition bill that builds on the progress made in the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and also makes needed program improvements and expands access to vital programs and services.
 
What you won’t hear on the nightly news is information on 3 marker bills (outlined below) that will dramatically improve how we help low-income children get the nutrition they need, particularly during the summer months.

This action alert is all about staying alert! Watch, listen, let us know what you’re hearing… and what you are not hearing. We’ll alert you when the time is right for action.

 

SUMMER MEALS ACT (S. 613 / H.R. 1728) 
introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) would significantly expand the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs and simplify program administration for sponsoring organizations.  The bill proposes improvements, including:

STOP CHILD SUMMER HUNGER ACT of 2015 (S. 1539 / H.R. 2715) 
introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) would provide low-income families with children with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card for summer food purchases. The bill proposes to:

TRIBAL NUTRITION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2015 (S. 1937)
introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) would adapt existing child nutrition programs to meet the needs of Native American communities and address some of the unique barriers that prevent tribal governments from making the most effective use of these programs.  Provisions in this bill would: