Child Nutrition Advocacy and Advocacy Camp!
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (CNR) is a large piece of legislation that provides guidelines and authorizes important food and nutrition programs for children. Included in CNR are programs such as the Summer Food Service Program (summer meals sites), the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program (free and reduced price school meals and their nutrition standards), the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for WIC (vouchers for WIC families to use at farmers markets), and the WIC Supplemental Food Package program (benefits to help purchase specific foods to help meet nutritional gaps for low-income pregnant women, babies, and young children).
CNR must be reauthorized every five years. The current CNR (the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010) expires next September, so over the next year, you’ll be receiving Advocacy Updates, information, and opportunities to reach out to our Congressional delegation as we work together to strengthen and protect the programs that help hungry children have access to nutritious food where they live, go to school, and play. We really need your help during the following times:
- Right now! This summer is a great time to ask your Congressional member to visit your summer meals site. Contact Christina (email@example.com) if you are interested in hosting a site visit and we’ll help you schedule, provide handouts and information on CNR and our state’s priorities, and attend the visit to help you highlight your program and the benefit it brings to your community.
- January-April 2015: Those are the usual months when the President and Congress work on the federal budget. Expect to receive and respond to advocacy alerts asking you to support budget priorities for funding CNR and other food and nutrition programs.
- June-September 2015: The CNR debate will likely heat up as Congress gets close to finalizing CNR bills and passing new legislation. The debate could move beyond child nutrition programs and as was the case in 2010, could mean fighting back proposals to cut SNAP (food stamps) as a source for offsetting costs in CNR.
Keep an eye out for our Advocacy Updates that will have more information about Northwest Harvest’s positions and priorities on CNR and join us in speaking up for hungry kids!
The Children’s Alliance will be hosting their annual Advocacy Camp Sept. 17-19 at Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way. Northwest Harvest can provide scholarships for two people to attend. Information about Advocacy Camp can be found at: http://www.childrensalliance.org/news-events/advocacy-camp. Contact Christina for more information.