Support Child Nutrition programs, immediate action needed.

May 28, 2010 at 5:01 am Leave a comment

Congress is working on several bills that mean a great deal to hungry people in the United States right now. We just learned the Defense Authorization Bill will be on the floor of the House tomorrow.  Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA-03), JoAnn Emerson (R-MO-08), and Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) are offering an amendment that highlights the impact hunger and obesity have on military recruitment.  The amendment supports $1 billion a year in new investments for nutrition programs for our children as one way to reduce hunger and obesity in America.

Please call Rep. David Wu at 1-800-826-3688 first thing Thursday morning, May 27.  Urge Rep. Wu to support the McGovern/Emerson/Bishop Amendment on child nutrition to the Defense Authorization Bill.

Representatives McGovern, Emerson and Bishop are trying to raise awareness of the problems facing our children. Nearly one in four children live on the brink of hunger and one in three are obese and overweight.

Message and Key Points:

Tell your representative:  Please vote for the McGovern, Emerson, Bishop Amendment when it is offered to the Defense Authorization bill on the floor.

You can explain your message further by adding one or all of these points:

  • With nearly a quarter of America’s children struggling against hunger and one-third obese or overweight, the time for strong action is now.  We need at least $1 billion per year in new investments in child nutrition programs to reverse these staggering rates.
  • The Defense Department must pay attention to these statistics because they not only affect the overall health of America, but also our military strength.  Being overweight is the leading medical reason for rejection from military service.

If you have any questions, get in touch with your Bread for the World organizer.

Thank you for your support. You calls have—and will continue—to make a difference.  

Grace and peace,

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