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September 20, 2010 Tell Your Rep. to Pass the Child Nutrition Bill

11:23 AM Sep 20, 2010

The child nutrition bill passed by the Senate in August made significant improvements to nutritional quality, but it didn’t go far enough to make sure low-income children are connected with the programs. The bill was also paid for with future benefit cuts to SNAP participants, half of whom are children. A strong child nutrition bill should make greater investments in program access and should be paid for without cutting SNAP benefits.

House leaders are working to make the improvements that are so important to hungry children, but they are running out of time and face increasing pressure to simply take up the Senate bill. The child nutrition bill must be passed before September 30th, when the programs expire. We have a small but critical window of opportunity to make sure the House strengthens the bill before it goes to the President. The House shouldn’t wait another day to take action; make sure to call your Representative and tell him/her how important this bill is to your community.

Take Action:

Follow the steps below and call your Representative TODAY!

1.    Call 1-877-425-4810 a direct line to the Capitol Switchboard (courtesy of Voices for America’s Children) and ask for your Representative’s office. Don’t know which Member of Congress represents you? Click here.

2.    When the office answers, state that you are a constituent and provide your name and hometown.

3.    Tell them you are calling about Child Nutrition Reauthorization and deliver this message:

“Instead of taking up the Senate bill, the House must pass a better child nutrition bill. Please urge the Representative and Leadership to support a bill that increases children’s access to programs—especially during weekends, summer, and breakfast—and is paid for without cutting SNAP.”

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