From the Food Research and Action Committee
"A well-conceived reauthorization bill can improve CACFP to help reduce hunger, childhood overweight and obesity, improve wellness, and enhance development and school readiness. • House Action: The House should: prioritize effective improvements to CACFP that will reach more children by allowing an additional healthy meal or snack for children in care eight or more hours a day; and streamlining program operations by reducing for-profit child care center eligibility determinations from monthly to biannually. The bill should also reduce parent, provider and sponsor paperwork; authorize a USDA review and new guidelines to assure a fair and reasonable compliance and appeals process; and provide implementation, nutrition and wellness funds for state agencies and sponsors. Cosponsor The Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act (H.R. 3886), introduced by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
Urge your Members of Congress to weigh in with Chairman Kline and Subcommittee Chairman Rokita with their opposition to the House CNR bill (H.R. 5003) (pdf), which contains a slew of damaging provisions, such as shrinking community eligibility, inappropriately increased verification, dilution of nutrition standards, and inadequate investments in summer food and child care food. See FRAC’s statement on the bill and full analysis. Follow this link tosend an email to your Member asking him/her to oppose the bill. Tailor our sample letter with signatures from state and local partners to send to your Member’s office.
Share the FRAC/CBPP community eligibility report (pdf) with your Senators and Members. The House draft Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill would weaken community eligibility. This report demonstrates the effectiveness of the program. Additional resources include a searchable database for eligible and participating community eligibility schools, and maps. Also see FRAC Facts – Community Eligibility: Less Red Tape and Stronger School Nutrition Programs (pdf) and FRAC Facts: Implications of House Child Nutrition Bill on Community Eligibility (pdf).
Other Actions to Take
Tweet @ Your Members of Congress!Use this document to help find their twitter handles.Sample Tweet of the Week:
Click to tweet – We join @fractweets @CSPI @pewtrusts and hundreds of other orgs opposing House #CNR2016 bill- join us! http://bit.ly/243KAOC
Urge your Members of Congress to reject any proposals to add an annual balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. See sample tweet of the week. For more information, visit the Budget & Appropriations page.
Urge your Members of Congress to vote no on draconian FY2017 House Budget Resolution. For sample tweets and to read FRAC’s statement about the resolution, click here." via FRAC
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