Special Blog Post By: Cindy McCown, Second Harvest Food Bank Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy In 2016, individuals, organizations, faith communities and anti-hunger organizations including Second Harvest Food Bank worked hard with policymakers to reauthorize funding for the federal child nutrition programs. Unfortunately, we were not able to do so. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR) that governs many federal nutrition programs […]
Cindy McCown, Second Harvest's Senior Director of Programs and Services, has been keeping close tabs on the situation involving Child Nutrition Reauthorization and cuts to SNAP (Food Stamps). Below is an update on what's happening in the Capitol. The House and Senate have gone home for the weekend and probably won’t be taking [...]
A new study demonstrates just how perilous the long-term effects of food insecurity are on children. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of Calgary performed the first long-term study on the effects of hunger on general health, tracking children from birth to 21 years.
Taking action NOW is urgent because the House will only have a few weeks after it returns from its August recess to vote on the bill by the September 30th deadline. If the September 30th deadline is not met, the bill may not be passed at all this year, depriving child nutrition programs of critical improvements that will help alleviate hunger and improve nutrition among America’s youth.
The Senate version of the child nutrition bill has many great features. However, the very same low-income youth that the bill targets are also likely to be members of households that already benefit from or are eligible for SNAP. The net impact of this bill will not be to reduce childhood hunger, but rather to shift the deficit in adequate nutrition from school to home. These bills do not increase funding for much-needed anti-hunger programs, but simply move monies around.
As some of you may have heard, Thursday July 15th marked an important step forward in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. The committee assigned to the bill within the House of Representatives, the House Education and Labor Committee, voted on and approved the bill (in the House, it is known as HR 5504 [...]
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Discusses Importance of Child Nutrition Reauthorization and WIC ProgramsFood Bank
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified on July 1, 2010 on the pending legislation to reform and reauthorize USDA's Child Nutrition Programs and Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor in Washington DC. Below are excerpts from Secretary Vilsack's prepared testimony: [...]