Be an Advocate
The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to “mark-up” and pass its version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill on September 17th.
The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act, (S. 1966), introduced this month by Sen. Boozman and his bi-partisan team of co-sponsors, has been identified for possible inclusion in the Senate’s version of the CNR.
S. 1966 will enable some 6.5M children across the nation to access summer feeding programs and complement other provisions under consideration to be included in the Senate’s CNR, such as the Summer Meals Act.
Please call our Texas Senators now and again in early September.
- Sen. John Cornyn 202-224-2934
- Sen. Ted Cruz 202-224-5922
Ask that they visit with their colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee to urge that they include the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act (S. 1966) as part of the CNR the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up on September 17th.
- Hunger among children is not acceptable among children in Texas or in our nation.
- In Texas, the summer meals program is accessible for less than 12% of our poorest children who depend on school meals during the school year.
- S.1966 will help provide food to 6.4M children across the nation during the summer months by maintaining nutritional and accountability standards while providing program flexibility which will allow communities to feed children in ways that work for their conditions.
- Tell them you vote and you will be watching
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Food insecurity continues to be a persistent challenge in Texas and across the country, as shown by data from the 2014 Map the Meal Gap report, issued by Feeding America. And things could get worse for people in the middle class or low income families, if Congress accepts the federal budget recently passed in the House.
According to Map the Meal Gap, overall food insecurity in the Houston Food Bank’s 18-county service area decreased slightly, but child food insecurity increased by .5%, or 11,000 kids. Many of these kids don’t have a safety net. Roughly one third of children who are food insecure are not likely eligible for any federal food program benefits, including reduced/free school lunch or school breakfast, if the schools they attend don’t offer the meals to all students.
Given this stunning reality, House-passed budget cuts are completely unacceptable. They would harm children and their families while granting important tax reductions for millionaires. The House-passed Budget provides for an $87,000 tax break for each of our 27,347 millionaires, and a $2,000 average increase in taxes for each of our middle class families.
Other House-proposed budget cuts would affect the population served by the Houston Food Bank:
- 296,014 Texan seniors would pay more for medicine through reinstating the prescription drug “doughnut hole”;
- 44,260 college students would not receive Pell Grants;
- and, 12,350 more children would lose access to Head Start programs.
A Call to Action
Please communicate with your Congressional Representative to ask how (s)he voted on the House budget. If (s)he voted for it, please tell them that:
- you vote;
- further cuts in nutrition and other provisions which help Texas children and families are not acceptable;
- and, neither are additional tax breaks for the richest among us.
Did you know?
- Texas has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the country
- Every day 66,200 people in Houston are hungry - 5,000 of them children
- Each year the Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 people - 47% are children
- 43% of hungry families must choose between food and medicine
YOU have the power to help end hunger. Let your elected officials know today that you want them to support comprehensive anti-hunger initiatives. Take a stand now because hunger is unacceptable.
If you have not done so, please register to vote now so your voice counts in future elections.
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For additional questions, please contact Dr. Pamela Berger at 713-547-8611.