SANTI, California – Food insecurity has not gone away among 22 million children, including Santi children struggling to eat.
That’s why 344 national, state, and local groups are asking Congress to extend the e-summer benefit transfer program forever to all children who are eligible for free, low-cost school meals.
The $ 25 billion letter of support in the San Diego area Stop the Child Hunger Act Signed by Feeding San Diego, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Jewish Family Service, San Diego Food Bank և San Diego Hunger Coalition.
In April, the Biden administration extended the EBT epidemic program to provide free summer meals to nearly 30 million children who qualify for free, low-cost lunches.
– The Trump administration’s response to the epidemic of tens of thousands of U.S. students losing free or low-cost school meals was maintained. 3 million children According to the report of the Hamilton program, starvation.
It closed the significant gap in summer meals that has existed for years, despite a federal program that promises children who receive free, low-cost food during the school year can continue to receive it in the months when classes are missed.
The summer food service program is painfully weakening the 29 million eligible children, reaching only approximately 1 out of 7 Eligible students. According to Kalena Tomhau, who writes on poverty and inequality, The American Prospect is an independent, non-profit journalism site that covers politics and public policy.
Problem. The program requires children to eat at a physical dining area. Thomhave wrote that children may have problems accessing, returning, and site requirements are usually strict.
This includes provisions that food sites should be located in areas where 50 percent of children are entitled to a free discounted meal.
“This makes it especially difficult for children to enter rural areas,” Tomhav wrote.
The low number of participants in the Summer Food Service program in 2011 prompted the US Department of Agriculture to try out a program that distributes benefits similar to the current P-EBT program in a number of states. Randomly selected families who have already received the Supplemental Support Program or Women, Infant, Child Benefit receive an additional $ 60 or $ 30 per month.
The pilot program had limited access and operated in 11 states and three Indian tribal organizations. It was as successful as the USDA. Among the revelations of the 2016 report.
- The most severe type of food insecurity (very low food security) was reduced by one third, and food insecurity in general by one-fifth.
- The children ate better, consuming more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and dairy products. Children whose families earned more than $ 60 a month consumed significantly more of these products than children whose families received half that amount.
Now is the time to reverse the epidemic policy that fills the stomachs of hungry children during the summer months, says Crystal Fitz Simmons, who heads the Food Research and Action Center’s nutrition program.
“If you give families more resources to get food, that’s what happens,” said Fitz Simmons, an organization of more than 30 other education, hunger and child advocacy groups that support Stop Child Hunger. Act “.
“They buy more fruits and vegetables,” he said. “The quality of food is improving.”
Itz ish food և baby well-being is the opposite of the same coin, says FitzSimons. The same goes for food insecurity and obesity. It is not enough that children get enough food. he must be the right food, he said.
Preparing for the “hunger cycle”, that is, consuming the benefits by the end of the month, can include relatively inexpensive, low-nutrient solid foods. In some families, adults refuse food so that children can eat. One of the bad choices they have to make as the pantry shelves get more exposed.
“Nts are working hard to protect children from food insecurity,” said FitzSimons. “They will skip meals, cut back on food to protect their children.”
The connection between proper nutrition and schooling has long been known. The simple explanation is that “when children are hungry, they find it difficult to concentrate, to focus on school,” said Fitz Simmons, but he noted that having healthy food is also a key issue for equality and justice.
“A huge part of the puzzle at the intersection of food insecurity, child nutrition programs and health programs is that the programs are fair,” he said.
Stop the Child Hunger Act, HR 3519:, was sponsored in the palace by Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA); Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT) is the original sponsor. Oklahoma State Republican Tom Cole is among 43 co-sponsors.
The complete list of organizations supporting the Stop Stop Hunger Act includes:
Academy of Nutrition ետ Dietetics
African American Health Alliance
Alliance for Excellent Education
An alliance to end hunger
American Academy of Pediatrics
Law and Social Policy Center (CLASP)
LGBTQ Economic Development և Research Center (CLEAN)
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Coalition for Human Needs
Congress Hunger Center
Confidence in education
Fair food chain
Camping for children
Food Research և Action Center
Friends of the country
National Post-School Association
National Association of School Nurses
National Association of Education
National Association of Recreation: Parks
National City League
National Center for Women’s Rights
Network of Jewish human service agencies
Save the children
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)
School Board Partners
Share our strength
Stand for children
Union of Reformed Judaism
Union of Concerned Scientists
United States Mayors Conference
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