Hungry And Afraid — Take Action! Part 3
There is still time to make your voice heard! By law, the federal government must consider and respond to comments from the public when they propose new rules. This is your chance to let them know that this misguided rule takes the health of our country’s families in the wrong direction.
The comment deadline is December 10. There are only 7 more days to take action, so submit your comment today! And, if you’ve never submitted a comment before, you can see examples from other anti-hunger voices here.
Remember, it’s more effective to make your comments personal by sharing why you care about the impact of this proposed rule, and any stories of how it has affected you personally. You can use the following information to emphasize the importance of early childhood nutrition to lifelong health and productivity, for instance:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that, “good nutrition during pregnancy and childhood decreases the risk of prematurity, fetal or infant death, anemia and subsequent obesity and other chronic illnesses.”
- Nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life can hurt their brain development and function for the rest of their lives.
Make your voice heard! Engaging in the comment process is one of the most important ways that you can shape policies. After you’ve commented, please let your friends and family know, and share on social media, so that they can take action, too!