Dear School Food Advocates,
The chance to pass the Child Nutrition Reautorization (CNR) Act is truly in its last days before the session ends. It is on the schedule for tomorrow (Wednesday). We only have once chance every five years. We want it to pass.
While not perfect, it's better than anything we've ever had. It's already been extended a year. The Senate has already passed it, we must encourage the House to do the same. While we are disappointed with the funding - only a six cents increase per meal - this is the first time in 30 years that there has been funding above and beyond the inflation rates.
Almost half of the $4.5 billion in funding (for the next 10 years) comes from an offset from the SNAP (food stamps) program. We believe that all children deserve to eat healthy food at school and at home. So it is disturbing to us that the funding comes from SNAP, which will put children at home at a disadvantage while doing more for them at school.
However, if we don't pass the CNR now, our chances of getting a bill this strong will likely decrease dramatically with the new Congress. Please support the CNR reauthorization, and urge your Congressional Representative to find the funds to restore the funding to SNAP - the food stamp program.
Contact your Representative today, so we can have healthier schools tomorrow!
Best wishes,Amie HamlinExecutive Director
PS - we'll still have tons of work to do to work together with schools to implement the new changes - your support will help us do that and continue our other fantastic programs. Please consider a year end donation of at least $10, or a recurring monthly donation of $10. You can donate here.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Help Pass the Child Nutriion Act
From the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food: