Two big victories for hungry people!

December 7, 2010 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Bread for the World scored two major victories last week. Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (also known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization), and immediately afterward passed the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010.

These are two big, big victories for millions of working poor families and for America’s children, especially the one in four kids who live in households that struggle to put food on the table.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act now goes to the president for his signature. It will ensure that millions of schoolchildren get healthier lunches and breakfasts, and that more kids will find it easier to get these meals.

The Middle Class Tax Relief Act makes permanent the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit—the goal of Bread for the World’s 2010 Offering of Letters. This bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

These bills are early Christmas gifts. Thank you for all your support. And thanks be to God!


Here is the Oregon Food banks update on he hunger free kids bill:

Congress passed child nutrition reauthorization today, ending a two-year legislative process.  By a vote of 264 to 157 the House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act (S. 3307) with bipartisan support. We thank Oregon Representatives Wu, Schrader, and Blumenauer for voting in favor of the bill. Representative DeFazio did not cast a vote. The Senate passed S. 3307 in August (Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley voted in favor) so the bill will now go to the White House for President Obama’s signature.
We thank all of you for your efforts to make the child nutrition bill as strong as it is. These are extremely difficult economic times, and the congressional climate leans away from increased spending. Despite that, child nutrition advocates raised their voices and Congress responded  with record new investments.
That said, S. 3307 is a mixed bag.
The Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act invests an additional $4.5 billion in child nutrition programs over the next ten years, falling short of the investments needed to meet President Obama’s commitment to end childhood hunger by 2015. While not as robust as we would have liked, the bill does contain several provisions that will improve the nutritional quality of meals in schools, child care centers, and summer meal programs. The bill:
  • invests $40 million in farm-to-school programs
  • improves school lunches
  • makes all foods sold on school campuses healthier
Sadly, to help pay for these new provisions, Congress cut future Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits included in last year’s economic stimulus package.
Oregon Food Bank supported the passage of this bill because it is the best bill we could get in the current economic and political climate. We are disappointed that SNAP (food stamp) cuts were used to pay for improvements in child nutrition programs. SNAP serves as the first line of defense against hunger in the United States and the program provides crucial nutrition assistance to a record 730,000 Oregonians. Along with many of you, we fought hard in 2007-8 to raise benefit levels during the reauthorization of the farm bill.
We must, and will, raise our voices in support of SNAP and restore the cuts before they take effect in three years.  With your help, we will do just that…because no one should be hungry.

Entry filed under: Legislative Updates.

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