Up for a vote every five years, the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) constitutes legislation that oversees child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch programs, summer meals, and afterschool meal programs. Last voted on in 2010, the CNR is up for reauthorization in 2015. Essential to children’s development and health, child nutrition programs provide children from low-income families access to low-cost or free nutritional meals during the school year and summer months.
Locally, according to the Long Island Index, in 2013 approximately 21 percent of students on Long Island received free school lunch while nearly 73 percent of students in high-poverty schools on Long Island received free lunch (click to view data).
Things you can do:
- Encourage your partners and network allies to endorse these bills to demonstrate local support and to make sure that these bills are included in the final CNR.
- Create buzz on social media by sharing photos of your summer meal sites and tagging your Members of Congress to ask for their support of #summermeals #SummerMealsAct and a strong #CNR2015.
For more ideas on urging Congress to strengthen child nutrition programs, visit the Advocacy Tools section of FRAC’s website.