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School Meals Block Grant Proposal Gambles With Children’s Basic Nutrition

May 17, 2016

The latest version of Rep. Todd Rokita’s bill to reauthorize the child nutrition programs takes another turn in the wrong direction by including a school meals block grant. 

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How Many Poor Students Does a School Need to Get a Break?

May 16, 2016

A bill from Rep. Todd Rokita, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, would substantially scale back an option that lets high-poverty schools offer meals at no charge to all students without processing applications or tracking eligibility in the lunch line...


How Would Bill Restricting School Meals Option Affect Your Community?

April 27, 2016

A bill recently introduced in the House severely restricting the community eligibility option, which allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students, could force 7,000 schools across the country to reinstate applications and...

Click to see a list of schools at risk of losing community eligibility under H.R. 5003

How Would High-Poverty Schools in Your Community Fare Under the House Child Nutrition Bill?

April 21, 2016

A child nutrition reauthorization bill that Rep. Todd Rokita, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, introduced yesterday would severely restrict schools’ eligibility for ...


18,000 Schools Choosing to Become Hunger-Free

April 7, 2016

More than 18,000 schools in high-poverty neighborhoods across the country have adopted community eligibility this school year, which allows them to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge without collecting and processing individual applications.  A ...


Honoring Mothers by Helping Them Feed Their Children

May 7, 2015

One way to honor mothers as we approach Mother’s Day is to protect and strengthen the federal child nutrition programs, which help millions of mothers feed their children and are up for renewal this year. 

I testified at a Senate hearing today on ways to improve...

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WIC: Critical Support at a Critical Period of Life

March 16, 2015

As we explained this morning, evidence continues to mount that lack of adequate food, stable housing, health care, and other essentials in infancy and early childhood can affect children’s brain development, with long-term consequences for their physical, mental, academic, and economic well-being...

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Could Your School District Streamline Its Breakfast and Lunch Programs?

February 25, 2015

Community eligibility supports Congress’ longstanding goal of reducing paperwork for high-poverty schools by enabling them to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without collecting and processing individual meal applications.  In its first year of nationwide implementation, more than 14,000 high-poverty schools serving more than 6.6 million children have adopted the option...

WIC Works, Without Congress’ Meddling

February 11, 2015

A central tenet of the WIC program is that the foods it provides to millions of low-income mothers should reflect a rigorous, science-based review of nutritionally important foods that participants’ diets tend to lack.

In December, Congress took the unprecedented and irresponsible step of...

TANF in the States - Mother and Child

Potato Mandate Overrides WIC’s Science-Based Policy

December 15, 2014

In requiring the WIC nutrition program to add white potatoes to the foods it provides, Congress last week pandered to industry lobbyists rather than prioritizing the nutritional needs of low-income women and very young children.

Study after study shows that WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) improves birth outcomes and participants’ diets...