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Food Policy Action On Capitol Hill Opposing Block Granting of Child Nutrition Programs

Food Policy Action On Capitol Hill Opposing Block Granting of Child Nutrition Programs

By | June 9th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina. The organization is on Capitol Hill with other leading hunger and nutrition advocates from across the nation to voice strong opposition to the three-state block grant proposal added…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina. The organization is on Capitol Hill with other leading hunger and nutrition advocates from across the nation to voice strong opposition to the three-state block grant proposal added into the already political non-starter House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill (H.R. 5003):

We are here today – advocates from across the country and all sides of the aisle – to make sure Congress knows that we strongly oppose any effort to block grant child nutrition programs,” said Claire Benjamin DiMattina, FPA Executive Director. “Healthy food for kids shouldn’t be a high-risk gamble. As if the House CNR bill was not already bad enough, the current block grant proposal takes the bill further in the wrong direction, ultimately gambling with school children’s basic nutrition. Congress needs to stop this harmful bill in its tracks and put the health and nutrition of children ahead of politics. We will continue to fight for a CNR that puts our children first and ensures that no school child goes hungry and that all children have access to nutritious school meals.

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