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Food Bank of the Rockies advocates to fight hunger both locally and on the national level through Feeding America. Please see updates below for ways you can help! Sign up for email alerts here.
Update: April 27, 2016
Please ask your U.S. Representative to oppose H.R. 5003. The Community Eligibility Provision within the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs is helping over 18,000 schools reduce hunger for over 8.5 million of the nation’s poorest children.
A child nutrition reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003) just introduced, would increase red tape for schools and essentially end this proven tool for more than 7,000 high-poverty schools that are using community eligibility to offer free meals to more than 3 million students. An additional 11,600 eligible schools would never get the chance to adopt community eligibility.
How this bill could impact Colorado:
69 community eligibility schools serving 30,452 children in Colorado would have to reinstate applications and other paperwork.
286 additional schools in Colorado would lose the opportunity to adopt community eligibility in the future.
Weakening this critical tool would mean more burden on schools, more stigma for students and more hunger. The child nutrition programs are critical federal investments to combat child hunger
Here are Talking Points to Urge Your Congressperson to Oppose H.R. 5003 as Currently Proposed
- Congress has an important role to play to make child nutrition programs even better by ensuring all eligible kids have access to these supports, and that program providers such as schools, community partners, and others are able to effectively and efficiently operate the programs to meet the needs of the community.
- I urge you to oppose provisions that would significantly weaken the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for school meals. CEP helps ensure eligible children in high poverty areas have access to meals and also reduces paperwork and red tape for schools. Under this legislation, an estimated 7,000 or more schools and 3 million low-income children nationally will have to transfer off of CEP.
- I also urge you to strengthen the investment in summer meals. Summer is a time of hunger for millions of children. I appreciate that the bill included positive provisions around improving summer meals, but with only 9 percent of eligible kids in Colorado participating we have to do more.
Please maintain strong non-congregate feeding provisions – I appreciate the inclusion of this proven program model to access rural and other hard-to-reach communities. Eligible children should have access to nutrition support, no matter the community they live in.
Streamlining – I appreciate efforts to streamline the paperwork process for afterschool and summer meals, however the lowered reimbursement rate in the bill will make it challenging for local providers to expand the program to reach more kids.
Strengthen Summer EBT – USDA has completed extensive studies of this provision and found that it works! Food insecurity decreased by a third!
As this bill moves to markup, I urge you to support amendments that would strengthen these important programs and oppose any amendments that make further harmful changes. I will continue to stay in touch as I hear more and hope you will do the same so we can work together to end child hunger in the district and across the country.
Hungry children cannot wait while Congress debates. I urge you to prioritize the reauthorization of a child nutrition bill that protects and strengthens the child nutrition programs.
Email to your Members of Congress to visit Food Bank of the Rockies through this easy form from Feeding America, so they understand what hunger looks like in their community. We encourage you to customize it in your own words.
Contact Congress through Feeding America’s hotline:
- Call our advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702
- Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Connect to your Representative first. Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and your hometown. Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with as well.
- Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver your message.
- Dial back in to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
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Thanks for helping us be a voice for food banks and our neighbors in need at this critical time.
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Thank you to all who helped make this tax credit for farmers and ranchers a reality. More hungry people will have nutritious local food to eat thanks to everyone who supported this legislation. House Bill 14-1119 advanced from the House of Representatives and Senate, with widespread support under the dome and in Colorado communities. Read the act here.