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The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 has been passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Please call on our U.S. Senators Cornyn and Cruz and urge that they:

  • vote in support The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016;
  • strengthen summer feeding programs for children as this Act does;
  • seek every opportunity to provide critically-needed, new resources to strengthen and improve the bill’s vital nutrition programs for our children.

Tell them your name and city, that you vote and that you will be watching.

The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 strengthens the:

  • Child and Adult Care Food Program;
  • Summer Meals Program;
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
  • National School Lunch Program;
  • School Nutrition Standards; and,
  • Support for Program Operations.

During the school year 2.8 million Texas students participate in the free or reduced lunch program, which provides breakfast and lunch five days a week. These students often go without consistent meals on the weekends and holidays.

The long summer break is a particularly difficult time for such students, yet only 12 per cent of eligible students participate in the Summer Meals feeding program, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 is a huge step in addressing this and other critical nutrition gaps affecting millions across our state of Texas.

 Thank you for your help in communicating to Congress about an important legislative issue that helps feed hungry southeast Texans.  On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed the America Gives More Act, which makes several charitable giving incentives permanent, including expanding and making permanent the food donation tax deduction.  This is a significant win for the Houston Food Bank and our partner food banks across the country, and more important, for the clients we serve.

The legislation makes permanent the expansion to the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit that were first enacted in the ARRA legislation.  This legislation will provide needed tax incentives to ensure our network has access to nutritious food for clients, as well as provide vital funding for working families, children, and college education. The legislation also includes a number of other provisions that help feed hungry families, including funding for U.S. Agriculture Department commodities and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps).

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


 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. 

Early voting in the Texas Primary begins on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and ends on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.  For more information about 2016 election dates, click here.

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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