Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank VP of Community Engagement and Policy

We have an opportunity to let our federal elected representatives know why providing healthy food to children matters.

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR) that governs many federal nutrition programs for low-income children is currently being reviewed by Congress. This process provides an opportunity to strengthen the programs so they can better address the food needs of our nation’s children and their families. Some of the programs include:

  • Summer Food Services Program – Provides meals/snacks to children during the summer. This summer, selected public libraries in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties provided healthy meals along with enrichment activities.
  • School Breakfast & National Lunch Breakfast Program – Provides breakfast/lunch/snacks at school.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) – Provides nutrition education and supplemental nutritious foods for infants, young children and pregnant women.
  • During the Congressional August recess, our representatives have been back in their districts. I took the opportunity to let them know how critically important these programs are to low-income children and families that Second Harvest Food Bank serves. I was able to arrange visits to Second Harvest food distribution sites, so that they could talk with constituents about their food needs and see first-hand what is being done to address hunger.

    After Labor Day, our representatives will return to Washington to discuss various proposals during the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process. It is important for them to hear from their constituents about why these programs matter.

    Join me on September 15 for a national call-in day to talk with elected representatives about CNR. I plan to voice how important it is to pass a strong child nutrition bill that will increase access to healthy food for children struggling with hunger. It will take all of us to solve hunger. We’ll let you know how you can take action as we get closer to the call-in day – keep an eye on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. (include links to FB and Twitter)

    For more information on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, go to Feeding America or Food Research and Action Center.