Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Monday, August 30, 2010

Action Alert - Child Nutrition Act Update

The Senate passed their version of the child nutrition act governing school lunch before the August recess. The House has not yet voted on their, arguably better, version. We need a vote before the current legislation expires at the end of September and before we lose the ground we've gained in these new bills.

This email is from the nonprofit Feeding America and is one example of how you can help get this bill passed:

Earlier this month, the Senate passed a child nutrition bill. While the bill makes strong improvements in nutritional quality, it doesn't make the investments needed to connect hungry children with those programs. Far too many children are without access to food at breakfast, on weekends, afterschool and during the summer.

The House Can Do Better

The House has an opportunity to improve the bill by closing those gaps when they take up the legislation in September. Representatives in the House need to hear from their constituents that the House can and should do better.

When Congress returns from recess on September 13, they will have less than three weeks to complete the reauthorization of child nutrition programs before they expire on September 30. Feeding America is working hard to make sure Congress passes a strong bill as soon as they get back to Washington. We will be calling upon you and other advocates to help us push the bill over the goal line by participating in a national call-in the week of September 13. Get ready to act!

In the meantime, there are two things you can do to help us raise awareness about the importance of the child nutrition bill and demonstrate strong, grassroots support for ending child hunger.

  1. Send an email to your Representatives. Let them know that until the child nutrition bill is good enough for hungry kids, it shouldn't be good enough for Congress. Click here to send a message to Congress.

  2. Show. To raise awareness nationwide and to demonstrate grassroots support to Congress, we are asking our advocates to shoot a short video of themselves stating why they care about ending child hunger and passing a strong child nutrition bill

    Submit your video on YouTube and email us the link to your video to help us raise awareness and urge others to speak out on behalf of a strong child nutrition bill. We will take the most compelling videos and put them together in a video reel to send to Congress and promote on YouTube. Help us make caring about child hunger go viral! Additionally, throughout the month, we will highlight videos on the Hunger Action Center and on Feeding America's Facebook page. Check back soon to see if your video has been selected!

    Submitting a video is simple. Here's how:

    • If you don't already have a YouTube account, click this link ( to create your account.

    • Once you are signed into YouTube, click the "Upload" button to upload your video. You can either upload a video already saved on your computer, or record a video straight to YouTube using your webcam.

    • Add a title and description of your video in the fields provided, and be sure to add the tag "HAM2010" to the tag field (located directly beneath the description).

    • Once your video is fully processed, just copy and paste the link to your video and email it back to us at:

Your video will help make sure Congress knows that they must pass the House child nutrition bill---and they must do so now!

If you've been following the "fracking" debate (See our 8/9/10 post for more info), you may be interested in this email from the Working Families Party:

Want to keep up the fight to stop risky natural gas drilling ("hydrofracking") in New York State? We've got a great way to do it.

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Dan Cantor
WFP Executive Director


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