HOW TO FIGHT HUNGER
The Food Bank for Westchester is committed to creating a hunger-free Westchester County. To further this goal, we advocate for programs and policies that ensure sufficient and healthy food for all our residents. You can help us work for for the changes that help people meet their most basic need and address the many factors that contribute to food insecurity.
ADVANCE OUR VISION OF A HUNGER-FREE AMERICA
Help Strengthen and Protect Child Nutrition Assistance Programs
Feeding children is a critical part of the mission of the Food Bank for Westchester. Thanks to our children’s programs, in 2015 37,000 BackPacks of food providing 259,0 00 meals (7 meals/bag) were distributed to 2,884 hungry kids, and 184,000 meals were served at 10 Kids Cafes before and after school. These programs, along with the school lunch and school breakfast programs, are critical to helping children receive the consistent nutrition they need to lead healthy lives, learn and grow into healthy adults.
Unfortunately, too many children are unable to take advantage of these programs. Child Nutrition legislation will be federally reauthorized this year and
Congress has the opportunity to make these programs better by improving access to them beyond the school day and improving the
quality of the school meals.
As member of the Feeding America network, FB4W is working to pass a stronger Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill in Congress. At the time of this
writing, the bill has not been passed by the House of Representatives.
May 31, 2016 Update
The House Education and Workforce Committee released its reauthorization bill in April, titled "Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016" (H.R. 5003). The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) strongly opposes this bill because its would result in countless children no longer being able to access the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning, and the meals children could still obtain would be less healthy. Read more..
You’re the ONE: How You Can Help
To learn more about this legislation click here. Then contact your Congressional Representatives and let them know you support reauthorization of a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that advances our vision of a hunger-free America.
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