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As referenced in the previous post, members of the U.S. House of Representatives returned to the Hill yesterday for a Lame Duck session which will last for the next few weeks before Congress recesses for the holiday break. Among the legislative issues we expect to see addressed is Child Nutrition Reauthorization, which has been featured in this blog for the past few months.

Back in August, the Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307), and we now hope for the House to do the same.  Passage of the bill would address issues of child hunger and childhood obesity by continuing to fund the all-important school meal programs and also by improving nutritional standards for foods sold on school campuses and strengthening Local School Wellness Policies.  For more information, please read Voices’ policy brief.

The Lame Duck session is short, and the timing of bills moving through likely will be fast.  For these reasons, yesterday and today are designated national call-in days to members of the U.S. House to urge passage of the Senate Bill. 

Join advocates around the country and call 1-866-277-7617, ask to speak with your House member, and then urge him to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Joann Yoon, Assoc. Policy Director for Child Health

Voices for Georgia’s Children

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A new Congress comes in January but the current Congress has work to do.  Our children are waiting for us to meet our commitments to them.  All they are asking for is a healthy meal, a nurturing environment, and a solid education.  Surely we can deliver!

Let’s start with a healthy meal.  Our current Congressmen have returned to Washington this week with lots on their plate (pun intended!).  Beyond the important economic issues that dominate the airwaves is the equally important issue of reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act.  Almost 1.3 million Georgia Children depend on this for school lunches and other meals.  Your Congressman in the U.S. House needs to hear from you about getting this done by December 31.

Kids also need quality care while Mom and Dad work and early education programs to help them get ready to read.  The federal appropriations bill can ensure that 300,000 little ones get the continuing benefit of Head Start, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and Early Learning Challenge Grants.  Add this to your talking points with your Congressmen.

Pat Willis, Executive Director

Voices for Georgia’s Children

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