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 The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to “mark-up” and pass its version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill by early October 

The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act, (S. 1966) and the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613) have 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.  

S. 613 will expand access to summer meals, allow more year-round feeding programs, allow third meals, and provides funding for innovative approaches to serve meals to kids.

Please call our U.S. Senators and Representatives from Texas today.  

  • Please call 888-398-8702
  • After the message, please enter your zip code.
  • You will be connected to your first member of Congress.

Ask that they visit with their colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee to urge that they include S. 1966 and S. 613 as part of the CNR the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up by October.    

Tell your U.S. Senator:  

  • Hunger among children is not acceptable among children in Texas or in our nation. 
  • Please protect the new food standards for school meals.  They help 31 million kids each school day.
  • 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 

When you are connected to your U.S. Congressperson:

  • Ask that they support The Summer Meals Act of 2015 (H.R. 1728) and The Stop Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (H.R. 2715), both of which have potential to be part of the final Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2015.

H.R. 1728 (the companion bill to S. 613) expands children's access to meals, year-round feeding options, third meal service, and funding for innovative feeding programs.

H.R. 2715 (the companion bill to S. 1539) provides EBT cards for summer food purchase for families with children qualifying for free/reduced price school meals.

Tell your U.S. Congress member's staff that:

  • 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 kids who depend on school meals during the school year.
  • H.R. 1728 and H.R. 2715 will make a very large difference.


How to Reach Your Representative and Senator in the Texas State Legislature
Find your state representative or senator here

How to Reach Your Member of Congress
Who is my Representative

How to Reach Your U.S. Senator
Make a call to Senator (R-Texas) John Cornyn Office
Phone: (202) 224-2934
District Phone: (972) 239-1310

Make a call to Senator (R-Texas) Ted Cruz's Office
Phone: (202) 224-5922
District Phone: (512) 916-5834




 Policy Matters

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.

Click here for addtional information hunger resources. 

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Pamela Berger at 713-547-8611.

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