This morning, the USDA confirmed that 16.6 million children are at risk of hunger here in America. This latest release of our country’s official hunger statistics shows that 1 out of every 5 children lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
Unbelievably, some in Congress are looking to solve our nation’s fiscal problems in a way that could penalize our nation’s low-income children. Proposals in Congress right now would kick 280,000 low-income children off free and reduced-price school meals — a devastating proposal given that many of these kids rely on school breakfast and lunch as their primary source of nutrition.
Hungry children don’t have lobbyists. But they do have you. Will you contact your members of Congress and ask them to protect at-risk kids?
These potential cuts are part of the ongoing reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Some of these proposals could cause millions of Americans to lose access to the SNAP program, and would lead to 280,000 kids losing access to free school meals when their eligibility is tied to their receipt of SNAP benefits.
If you don’t act today, our nation’s kids will suffer — kids like Joshua, a growing boy who loves playing sports and gets his breakfast and lunch at school thanks to the federal school meals programs. His family also relies on SNAP and local food pantries to supplement the food they purchase with their small income. If Congress approves drastic cuts to the Farm Bill, it will leave millions of families like Joshua’s even more vulnerable to hunger.
We need to speak up for the children affected by these changes now. Please urge your members of Congress to protect children and ensure they get the healthy food they need every day from the school breakfasts and lunches served daily in schools across the country.
Thank you for taking action today on behalf of the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Founder and CEO
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