Oregon Food Bank Action Alert on After School Meal Program

December 2, 2009 at 7:41 am Leave a comment

The Afterschool Meal Program provides federal funding for meals served to children (up to age 18) at afterschool and youth development programs located in low-income areas.  Currently, only 13 states—including Oregon—are included in this important program.  This leaves afterschool programs in the remaining states without the resources to provide the nutritious food that children and teens need in order to continue learning throughout the afternoon, especially as more and more parents work longer and non-traditional hours, and children stay longer in care. 

The Afterschool Meal Program has been a huge success in Oregon.  We can make afterschool meals available in all states.  Please write or call Senators Wyden and Merkley and ask them to:

  • Please co-sponsor the AFTERschool Meals Act, S. 990.
  • Because more than one fifth of children in the US live in a food insecure home
  • Because afterschool meals should be offered to children in all states to combat hunger and provide kids the food they need to grow and thrive

 Contact information:

 Senator Merkley

107 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.20510

 (202) 224-3753 

Senator Wyden

223 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

 (202) 224-5244 

CFor more information contact:

David Osborn

Public Policy Outreach Coordinator

dosborn@oregonfoodbank.org

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